Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc. (TRIO) is a 30-year-old non-profit (501-c-3) organization with chapters and members across the country.
TRIO aims to spread support and education, as well as advocacy and awareness for organ donation, and is committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors.
Consider joining the local Philadelphia chapter, which holds monthly meetings at the Gift of Life Donor Program offices on the second Saturday each month from 10am until noon. The meetings are open to everyone.
Additionally, TRIO provides some great resources for transplant patients and caregivers.
1. The TRIO Presentation Library is an online resource consisting of educationally informative transplant-related subjects. It contains presentations, which are professionally recorded and edited. Many of them feature Penn Medicine experts! A lot of the presentations are available on YouTube, but you can find the full index here.
2. The TRIO Post-Transplant Cancer educational resource aims to make a difference in the transplant community by saving lives through prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment. Studies confirm that cancer has become one of the three major causes of death after transplantation in the past decade. The Post-Transplant Cancer educational resource will hopefully help patients recognize and deal with post-transplant cancers through educational textual content, expert videos, patient testimonials and suggested action planning. Although it is still under development, 35% of the content is completed as part of a five-year long-term project. You can find it here.
For further information about TRIO, contact TRIO president, Jim Gleason, at GleasonJim@aol.com or call 609-877-4493.