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Links & Support Groups

Important Links

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.

Support Groups

Local Support Groups

Abdominal Support Group (Liver and Kidney)

1st Friday of every month 11:00 a.m.- 12 p.m.

409 Bayshore Blvd, 4th Floor Conference Room 

Abdominal Support Group (Liver and Kidney)

3rd Friday of every month 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

409 Bayshore Blvd, 5th Floor Conference Room

Education Support Group (all organs) 

3rd Friday of every month 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.

409 Bayshore Blvd, 4th Floor Conference Room

Caregivers Only Support Group for all Organs

2nd Tuesday of every month 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

409 Bayshore Blvd, 5th Floor Conference Room

Liver Transplant Support Group

When: First and third Friday of each month

First Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (patients and caregivers together - 4th floor)

Third Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (patients on 4th floor, caregivers on 6th floor), 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (patients and caregivers together - 4th floor)

Where: Tampa General Medical Group, 409 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606

Contact: Donna Arshadi, EdD, LMHC, (813) 844-7199; adarshadi@tgh.org or call Marsha Levin, (813) 210-1333

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.

 

ORGANizers Meetings:

Ft. Myers - 4th Thursday of each month, 12:00 p.m., at the Fort Myers Regional Library, 1651 Lee St., Fort Myers, 33901.  Lunch provided.

Lakeland - not currently meeting

Sarasota - 4th Wednesday of each month, 12:00 p.m., at Waldemere Medical Plaza (directly across street from Sarasota Memorial Hospital), Magnolia Room, 1921 Waldemere Street, Sarasota, 34239. Lunch provided.

Tampa - Last Tuesday of every other month (bi-monthly), 12:00 p.m., at LifeLink Headquarters, 9661 Delaney Creek Blvd., Tampa, 33619.  Lunch provided

Click here to see a listing of all support groups, including a lung transplant group.

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.