July 9, 2020

As you know by now, the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games of America have been rescheduled for July 16-20, 2021, in Meadowlands, New Jersey. As we pivot to accommodate new guidelines, we also focus on the people who make Team Illinois one of the longest-running teams t...

May 2, 2019

JP Marzano and his family have been involved with the transplant community for more than 25 years, and the Donate Life Transplant Games have been a huge part of his life.

Diagnosed at age 16 with a degenerative kidney disease called Alport syndrome, JP has been on two...

February 25, 2019

Alex Diaz, a tissue recipient, turned seven on August 12 last year making him the youngest member of Transplant Life Illinois (TLI). His mom Tobey Vistine, a TLI board member and TGA cornea liaison, attended the 2016 Transplant Games in Cleveland with brother Anthony,...

September 1, 2018

More than 8,000 people attended the 2018 Transplant Games held Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City. Representing Team Illinois were 32 athletes and 45 loyal supporters. Among the athletes competing for Illinois were 13 kidney recipients, four heart transplant recipients, eight...

May 1, 2018

Transplant Life Illinois team members gathered April 21, 2018, at The Bean in downtown Chicago to help set a new Guinness Book world record. Organized by Laurie Dickinson Lee from Transplant Village and Kate Griggs from Northwestern Medical, the event brought together...

March 17, 2016


Several team members got together on Sat. March 5, 2016, for a second flag signing at Gift of Hope in Springfield.


Agnes Rapacz, recruitment chairperson, organized the event and was captured by the local news station along with Diane Schmitz and Lisa Dodson from Gift...

February 4, 2016

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than giving from the heart?  


Join members of Team Illinois at Have a Heart: Be an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor to help raise funds for team members who would otherwise not be able to attend the games for financial reasons. 


January 12, 2016


Hi all. This is an event I'm co-hosting with the Rotary Interact of Westmont, IL . We are looking to raise awareness for living donation and hopefully find some donor candidates. This will be held during a Westmont vs. Peotone Varsity Basketball game as there are peop...

November 15, 2015


National Donor Sabbath, November 13-15, 2015, is the time when major religions come together to learn about and celebrate donation and transplantation -- and pray for those affected by it.



There are more than 123,000 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants --...

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