The latest news and events happening in the 
Jacksonville area transplant community.
September, 2017
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2017 Gift of Life Celebration registration is now open!
LifeQuest's 2017 Tribute to Life
Florida Donor Registry has a new look

Innovation from LifeNet Health
National Donor Sabbath - November 10-12, 2017

Calendar of Events
Registration for the 2017 Gift of Life Celebration is now open!  Registration forms are in the mail.  Many of you will not receive a form in the mail, so you may simply register online at our JTA website,  Go to the Gift of Life Celebration page and follow the links to register.  If you have any questions about registration, please email us at
This year Carrabba's will be catering our lunch, featuring pasta dishes, fresh vegetables and salad, and dessert.
As something new and fun, we're adding a Team Transplant Trivia game, where you and your team can win valuable gift cards!  Trivia questions will all relate to transplant and organ and tissue donation.  Be sure to arrive before 10:30 to join in the fun and competition!
Tribute to Life is open to all recipients and their family members, living donors and donor family members.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested.  
Call (352) 733-0530 or email to register.  
Please include the names of all people attending with you.
Florida Donor Registry Has a New Look
Donate Life Florida launched its new and improved website in July. The website is more vibrant, eye catching and user friendly, allowing users to easily register to be a lifesaving donor. There are many heartfelt Stories of Hope from donor families and grateful recipients telling how organ, tissue and eye donation has made a difference in their lives. As of August 18th there are currently 9,644,481 people registered on the Florida Donor registry, which is the second largest registry behind California. Take a peek at the new website at and please register to be a donor and someone’s hero.
LifeNet Health has a local presence and global reputation and outreach. LifeNet Health recently formed a Life Sciences Division within their Institute of Regenerative Medicine, a center of excellence for research and development focused on new applications for innovations derived from donated human tissue. The Life Sciences Division is focused on three areas: research tissue, primary cells, and cell biology matrices and services. The net result is a suite of scientific solutions that bring an extraordinary degree of biological precision to the fields of pharmaceutical discovery and pre-clinical testing. These resources are intended for use by pharmaceutical researchers, biotechnology firms and clinical research organizations.
"The standards of quality and innovation that have made us the global standard in allograft surgical solutions also make us uniquely qualified to meet the needs of biomedical research," said Jingsong Chen, MD, General Manager of the LifeSciences Division and LifeNet Health Vice President of Intellectual Property. "Our clinical experience in transplant medicine means we have the expertise to maintain the important biological characteristics in these tissues that will help identify new therapies faster and more efficiently."
Research tissue includes donated organs and tissues that are not suitable for transplantation but that hold the promise of improving lives through scientific discovery. Primary cells are specific, isolated cell types — such as hepatic (liver) cells — that can help speed the process of determining whether new drug treatments are safe for patients. Cell biology includes an array of three-dimensional cellular matrices and services that allow scientists to replicate complex human biology in the laboratory to understand how tumors and organ systems will respond to potential therapies.

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donors. 

Downloadable resources are available at . You can also reach out to your local JTA board members if you are interested in hosting an event in your local community or want to find out how to get involved in an existing event.

Calendar of Events

Tribute to Life
Friday, October 20, 2017
6:15 - 9:00pm

Palms Presbyterian Church, Jax Beach
Gift of Life Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm

Palms Presbyterian Church, Jax Beach
If you have comments, questions, or corrections, please contact the editor,
Steven Binder, at
Your JTA board members include:


Mark Pietan, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group
Eileen Ryan

International Transplant Nurses Society
Ginny Taylor

Jacksonville Lung Transplant Support Group
Frank Foster

LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services
Pamela Rittenhouse

LifeNet Health of Florida
Karin Frosio

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Mark Pietan

RTI Donor Services
Amy Reese

Second Chance Support Group
Kristin Corlett


Steve Binder
Rod Lee
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