Throughout April 2019, the Transplant Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and New England Donor Services (NEDS) partnered to recognize National Donate Life Month (NDLM), the largest nationwide awareness campaign for the transplant field. The campaign was created by the nonprofit organization Donate Life America, as a way to teach the public about organ donation and encourage people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.
In celebration of NDLM and those who have made an impact with the gift of donation, the Transplant Center hosted a variety of activities to raise awareness about the difference one single donor can make in a patient’s life.
National Wear Blue and Green Day
On Friday, April 12, 2019, we celebrated National Wear Blue and Green Day. This day is part of NDLM and encouraged everyone to promote awareness by wearing the campaign’s dedicated colors and sharing a picture on social media.
Facebook Live with Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH
The Transplant Center held a Facebook Live event hosted by transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon, Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH, and moderated by surgical resident and former kidney living donor Charles Rickert, MD. The event featured a Q&A session about the effect of organ donation, what it means to be a living donor and how interested individuals can register to be a donor.
There was also a special surprise guest: Paul Russell, MD, a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery and former director of the Transplant Center from 1968-1990. Dr. Russell described the changes in transplantation during his tenure and the incredible work doctors are doing to continue strengthening it.
2019 Donation and Transplantation Symposium
Mass General transplant nurse coordinators were invited to attend an all-day conference featuring speakers from Boston-area hospitals across a myriad of specialties and topics including the procurement of viable organs, vaccinations, emergent trend and innovations in transplantation and living donors.
Mass General Director of Transplant Psychiatry Ana Ivkovic, MD, presented on alcohol use disorder and its implications for transplant surgery.
Unveiling of Patient-donated Painting
A former transplant patient, Diane Carnevale, generously created and donated a beautiful painting called "Radiance" to be hung in the Transplant Center main office. A group of physicians and hospital staff came together for the official unveiling of the painting.
In addition to the coordinated events, members of the Mass General Transplant Center community took it into their own hands to support the national campaign.
View the images below to see how others got involved.
Mass General Kidney Living Donor team member Melissa Rosenthall attended a Donate Life Month event at the Massachusetts State House that brought together state legislators, volunteers, living donors, recipients and donor family members to celebrate the gift of life.
Bonnie Chang, MSW, LICSW, presented a practice spotlight on transplant social work and Donate Life Month to Mass General’s Patient Care Services Patient Education Committee, a multidisciplinary committee with the goal to support clinical staff in developing patient education activities that reflect a diverse patient population.