Useful Links

Transplant Links & Support Groups

You can find more information about transplantation and organ donation at the following websites:

  • LifeLink of Florida - A division of the LifeLink Foundation based in Tampa, FL.
  • Organdonor.gov - The official U.S. government web site for organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
  • Transplant Living - A United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) project that provides information and resources for transplant candidates and recipients.
  • United Network For Organ Sharing - A non-profit, scientific and educational organization that administers the nation's only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which was established by Congress in 1984.

Local Support Groups

One Breath at a Time

When: Second Monday of each month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Tampa General Hospital, Room B104, first floor, West Pavilion, inside the Food Court Dining Room
Contact: Ginger Sims, RN, 813-844-4815, or gsims@tgh.org

National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (NOTE)

When: First and Third Tuesday of each month, noon-1 p.m.
Where: Tampa General Hospital, room 856A, eighth floor, West Pavilion
Contact: Sjonne Mabbott, 813-844-7323, or smabbott@tgh.org

Donate Life ORGANizers

The Donate Life ORGANizers is a group of dedicated transplant recipients, donor family members and other people in support of the donation cause, who work year round to educate community members about the importance of donation and how they can make a difference by choosing to donate life by joining Florida's organ & tissue donor registry. For information about this group, please call 1-800-262-5775, ext. 1079.

Meetings:

Ft. Myers: First Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m. at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Community Room, 13681 Doctors Way, Ft. Myers (lunch provided)

Lakeland - Second Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at Winter Haven Hospital, Classroom F, 200 Avenue F. NE, Winter Haven

Sarasota - Third Wednesday of every other month (bi-monthly), 11:30 a.m. at Waldemere Medical Plaza (directly across street from Sarasota Memorial Hospital), Magnolia Room, 1921 Waldemere Street, Sarasota (Lunch provided. Remaining 2010 meetings will be September 15 and November 17)

Tampa - Last Thursday of every other month (bi-monthly), 12 noon at LifeLink, 409 Bayshore Boulevard, 4th floor Conference Room, (Lunch provided. Remaining 2010 meetings will be September 30 and November 18)

Meeting times are subject to change. Please contact the support group coordinator for current schedules.

Regional Support Groups

Ft. Myers LifeLink ORGANizers

When: Please call the contact number for information
Where: Lee Memorial office center, room 3D
Contact: 813-253-2640

LifeLink of Southwest

When: The third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
Where: Sarasota Memorial Hospital, room 3D
Contact: 813-253-2640

Organ Transplant Recipients of Southwest Florida, Inc.

When: The first Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Regional Hospital, Ft. Myers
Contact: George Kearns at kearns46@msn.com or 941-235-0151

Meeting times are subject to change. Please contact the support group coordinator for current schedules.