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Upcoming TLI Events

Transplant Life Illinois members serve as advocates for organ, eye, and tissue donation, volunteering their time to donor awareness events, fundraisers to benefit Team Illinois, and social activities to build camaraderie. Here's a look at what's coming up:

Sunday, MAY 5, 2024

Get ready to kick off TGA 2024 with your teammates and supporters on Sunday, May 5th from 1 pm to 3 pm at Gift of Hope, located at 425 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143. This is more than just a gathering—it's a celebration! Join us for an afternoon filled with food, music, and fun.  This event is family-friendly, so bring your loved ones along for a fantastic time.

An important note: Team Managers will be handing out team swag, registration reimbursements, and travel stipends at the kick-off event.  For those who are not able to attend, arrangements for pick-up will be made individually after the event. 

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Upcoming Donor Partner Events

Transplant Life Illinois supports its donor partner organizations by promoting their organ and tissue awareness events and encouraging team members to attend or participate as volunteers. For more information on these events, please reach out to that organization's contact.

Gift of Hope

Join the Gift of Hope Ambassadors program and receive training on how to speak about organ and tissue donation and tell your story. Contact Julie Gilmartin at
Gift of Hope is looking for Spanish speaking transplant recipients, living donors, and donor family members to be a part of its Let’s Talk Hope podcasts. If interested, contact Luis Ortega at

Donor Family Open Grief Support Group (via zoom)
First Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7 pm CST

National Kidney Foundation of IL
World Kidney Day
Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Clyde C Jordan Senior Citizens Center
6755 State St., East St. Louis, IL 62203

Maddog Strong Foundation
5k/10k Run & Walk
Saturday, June 22, 2023, at 7 am CDT
Lincoln-Way North High School, Frankfort, IL
Register at Home - Miles for Maddog


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