Educational Efforts

Transplant Foundation, Inc.'s education efforts focus on educating both the public and professional community about the need for organ donation. The focal points of these initiatives include promoting donation to local college students through the Life 101 program and providing material and volunteer staff for health fairs and community event booths to encourage organ donation. We also sponsor an annual Transplant Education Forum.

The Foundation is continuously making appearances in colleges, health fairs, and community events in order to further educate the community on organ donation. We will be participating in the following events:

  • World Aids Day Community Health Fair
    Tuesday, November 25, 2008
    Gibson Park
    401 NW 12 Street
    Miami, Fl 33128


Lyn Pimentel Life 101: An Introductory Course on Organ Donation and Transplantation

Transplant Foundation's education program, Lyn Pimentel Life 101, is a college level organ and tissue donation awareness effort.

The program is student driven and emphasizes peer-to-peer education. Life 101 can be initiated through a student volunteer office, student government, public relations group, fraternity/sorority, honor society or any other campus organization. The program will educate students and provide them with resources to conduct campus campaigns to promote organ and tissue donation.

Peer-to-peer communication forms the cornerstone of the campaign supplemented by direct mail appeals, an ongoing public relations effort and media communications. Activities at each campus are tailored to achieve the best possibility of success. A core group of students "house" the project, and invite others to adopt it as their own. For example, organizers may approach a sorority group to make green ribbons for distribution on campus or to run public service announcements at events.

If you or anyone you know would like to participate in this program, please contact Melissa Chediak Wetzel at (305) 817-5645.

Transplant Education Forum

The Transplant Education Forum joins transplant recipients, dialysis and pre-transplant patients, community health professionals and the University of Miami Transplant Program’s medical faculty for a day of information and interaction. It allows pre and post transplant patients and their families to obtain the latest information about the transplant process. Highlights include special guest speakers, expert presenters on transplant related topics and product and services health fair/display area.

Transplant Advocacy Group (TAG)

This program trains transplant recipients, donor family members and anyone dedicated to organ donation to become knowledgeable presenters. The program will help them to hone their public speaking skills, learn appropriate answers to questions about the donation process and will teach them to effectively make public presentations about organ donation.

Mentor Program

The purpose of the Transplant Mentor Program is to offer peer fellowship to transplant patients and families during the transplant experience. A mentor must be one year post-transplant, have a healthy perspective on the pros and cons of transplantation, have a positive attitude and be emotionally and mentally stable. He/she is carefully selected by the social workers to complete a full day of training in the Mentor Program. Fifty recipients will participate.

After training, the mentor’s role and responsibilities are to share his/her experience and provide fellowship and reassurance. The mentor will serve as an adjunct to medical staff, encouraging the patient to seek professional input from the Transplant Team (social workers, coordinators, and physicians) when appropriate and to work within the referral system. During the clinical part of the training, the mentor trainee will receive instructions about anti-rejection drugs, potential side effects and special instructions regarding medications.

The Transplant Mentor Training Program is offered once a year.