ISSUE 06 / WINTER 2013
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
A few words from the Foundation’s Executive Director.
Updates and news about the Foundation.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Information and updates on some of the programs available through GTF.
GTF’s Living Donor Assistance program at work.
Congratualtions to the 2013 GTF Academic Scholarship recipients.
A Hero’s Imprint: remembering Pat Dunkerley. Her legacy for Georgia’s transplant community.
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Useful tips and a comprehensive guide to health insurance.
Upcoming special events, educational conferences and Community Partner Group events.
his issue of Imprint Magazine is dedicated to one of our founding board members, Pat Dunkerley. This past year Pat lost her battle with cancer and although she is in a much better place now, her presence and accomplishments will be felt by hundreds of people throughout Georgia for a long time to come. Everyone in the transplant community remembers her warmth, her smile and her seemingly endless amount of energy. My memories of Pat are personal because she touched my life with her loving and caring spirit on a very intimate level. She let me see, through her example, what I wanted my life to be like. In 1998, my son laid in intensive care on life support due to complications following surgery. As many of you know from your own experiences, at a time like that everything and everyone ceases to exist as I felt certain somehow my strength would help him. People called and left messages, wrote letters and sent cards that I just didn’t have the energy or desire to deal with. Everyone asked what they could do, but Pat Dunkerley, whom I knew only slightly by working with her on a committee for a GTF fundraiser, came to the hospital and stood in the hallway outside the ICU knowing that eventually I would have to pass by. I believe she would have stood there all day waiting if that were what it took. Where others asked, “What can I do,” Pat did something. It was shortly after that I quit my job and told my family I wanted to work with the angels at GTF. And so, although our dear friend isn’t here to join us for lunch or catch up on all the news, she will forever be in our hearts and will continue to help people through her legacy to us, the Georgia Transplant Foundation.
EXEC UT IV E DIRECTOR Pat Rotchford DIRECTOR, FINANC E Lisa Carlotta DIRECTOR, PATIENT SERVICES Sandy McMath, LCSW DIRECTOR, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Rita Michaels, MA DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY OUTREACH Cheryl Belair MANAGER, TRANSPLANT FUNDRAISING PROGRAM Nicole Townsend MANAGER, PATIENT SERVICES Rebekah Moshiri, LMSW DIRECTOR, JUMPSTART PROGRAM Vivian Tomlinson, MS COORDINATOR, JUMPSTART PROGRAM Charlene Lafayette ASSISTANT, TRANSPLANT FUNDRAISING PROGRAM LaTonia Patterson MANAGER, THE MENTOR PROJECT Alicia Porter ©2013 Issue 6. GTF Imprint Magazine is published bi-annually by the Georgia Transplant Foundation, 500 Sugar Mill Road, Building A, Suite 170, Atlanta, GA 30350. The acceptance of advertising in this publication does not constitute or imply endorsement by the Georgia Transplant Foundation of any advertised product or service.
[ Pat Rotchford ] Executive Director
Three deserving individuals receive awards for their contributions to the community The Georgia Transplant Foundation’s (GTF) annual awards serve as a means to recognize volunteers and supporters for their extraordinary dedication and contributions to GTF and the transplant community at-large. The award winners were honored at the Georgia State University’s Student Center during the Atlanta Trends In Transplant Conference at on October 26, 2013.
The award recipient’s contributions are deemed outstanding. The awardee is also seen as an excellent role model or example for other volunteers. This year’s Jane Adams Volunteer Award was presented to Paul Burk for his dedication to GTF. He started volunteering with the Foundation while he was awaiting a liver transplant. Paul received a liver transplant at Piedmont Healthcare on March 25, 2012. Once he recovered from the surgery, he was right back to volunteering at all of the events and coming into the office to help with whatever task he could.
JANE ADAMS VOLUNTEER AWARD
The Jane Adams Volunteer Award is given to a person identified as caring for others in the transplant community through their willingness to volunteer in many different ways. The award represents the spirit of dedication and altruism, as was exemplified by Jane Adams. 6
had a vision beyond him in helping others. This award is meant to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond the scope of normal volunteering for the benefit of GTF and have had a significant impact on the transplant community. Lester Crowell was presented with the Tommy Smith Community Award for his support and commitment to GTF’s mission and all of those affected by transplantation. After receiving his second heart transplant on December 3, 2010 at Emory Healthcare, it became Lester’s purpose to make a difference in the lives of those touched by organ transplantation. Over the past three years, Lester and his team at Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique have raised more than $116,313 for the Georgia Transplant Foundation through their Angels of Life Hair and Fashion Show.
TOMMY SMITH COMMUNITY AWARD
This award was created in honor of Tommy Smith, the Founder the Georgia Transplant Foundation who
As a result of Lester’s leadership, dedication and perseverance, he has helped raise significant funds and awareness for the Georgia Transplant Foundation.
Pat’s daughter, Darcy Shearer, accepted the award in her honor
PATRICIA DUNKERLEY LEGACY AWARD
The Patricia Dunkerley Legacy Award pays homage to extraordinary commitment and service to the Georgia Transplant Foundation. This award is not limited to any particular category of work, but may recognize any long-term endeavor that has been performed for the good of the transplant community (as opposed to just for the good of the Foundation itself). This award is not presented every year. The inaugural offering of this award was given posthumously to Pat Dunkerley who worked tirelessly to create the infrastructure of the Georgia Transplant Foundation and to forever change the face of transplantation in the state of Georgia.
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GTF Volunteer Spotlight
oe and Judy have been involved with GTF since 1997. Joe received a heart transplant on November 12, 1996 at Emory Healthcare. Their first interaction with GTF was through the JumpStart Program. Joe was able to update his computer skills so that he could re-enter the workforce after being retired for almost nine years.
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GTF Staff News & Updates Please join us in welcoming Alicia Porter to the GTF staff as The Mentor Project Manager. Through her participation as the Arts & Crafts Director at Camp Independence, and as a volunteer at Camp Second Chance, Teen Camp, and at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, she comes to us with more than 11 years of involvement with the transplant community. Alicia was born and raised in Atlanta and is the proud mother of a 4-year-old daughter. She attended Oglethorpe University for her undergraduate degree and is currently attending Mercer University where she is working to earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
We are delighted to announce that Rebekah Moshiri, GTF’s Patient Services Manager, has successfully passed her licensure exam and has officially become a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). With this accolade, she receives formal recognition from the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Georgia Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, that she has demonstrated clinical proficiency in social work. Rebekah graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Georgia State University in 2007.
Since then, Joe and Judy have been very dedicated to GTF and the success of the Foundation. They are involved with The Mentor Project, Spring Training Event Committee, JumpStart Advisory Committee, and the Patient Services Committee. Not to mention, you can see them helping out with the live auction at almost every GTF event! Both Joe and Judy have seen wonderful changes at GTF. “While we were waiting for Joe’s heart transplant, Georgia Transplant Foundation did not have the number of services that it has today,” said Judy. “There was no Mentor Project, no one to talk to about the transplant experience. We are so glad that others going through the transplant experience don’t have to follow in our footsteps.” “We watch in amazement as GTF grows and matures in services and the number of clients it serves,” said Joe. “It is an honor to have a small part in the growth of GTF. Volunteering with the Georgia Transplant Foundation gives us opportunities to share the gift of life given so generously by our donor family.” GTF allows Joe and Judy to share their experiences with other recipients, spread hope for what their lives may hold, and show compassion and comfort to the donor families, and to those going through the same transplant experiences as they did. Since Joe’s transplant, they have seen four grandchildren born (bringing the total to 11 now!), his youngest son graduated from Georgia Tech, Judy has graduated from DeKalb Technical School, and enjoyed many family vacations, as well as attending the U.S. Transplant Games and the World Transplant Games. We want to thank Joe and Judy for everything they do for GTF; they are wonderful volunteers and we are grateful for all the time and energy they put into GTF!
JumpStart Your Job Search Everyone is asked to bring their business cards and be prepared with a “Me in 30 seconds” speech. After the networking session, an array of employment related topics are provided including the following:
SKILLS AND ABILITIES EXPLORATION.
he hardest part of any job search may be taking the first step. JumpStart is here to help the organ transplant candidates who are listed by UNOS, organ transplant recipients, and their spouses with this process by providing workshops. These workshops provide an interactive day of information and ideas to assist with all phases of the job search that are tailored to meet the individual needs of the transplant client. In addition, it will assist in finding the right positions quickly and making the job search more successful. Some people dread going to workshops; however, the JumpStart workshops are planned well and are incredibly valuable for everyone who attends. Since 70 percent of all employment is found through networking, this is how we always begin the workshops.
Today’s economy may require job seekers to transfer skills from one work setting to another. In keeping the transplant clients’ physical limitations in careful consideration, the workshops can help the clients to identify and sell their abilities with confidence and in ways that are meaningful to the employers.
JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES.
Finding out about employers in the clients living area and creating a strategy for networking, informational interviews, and Internet job searches, are the keys to a successful job search. Several career recruiters attend the JumpStart Program workshops in order to help share a variety of job openings and information about the labor market.
RESUME AND COVER LETTERS.
Many transplant recipients have a gap in their employment history. This is most certainly addressed in ordered to attract employers and lead to more interviews. After the career experts review and critique the clients’ resume, they will leave the workshop with a powerful tool that will stand out and grab a potential employer’s attention.
Understanding the employer’s point of view is an important part of the job search. The workshop will assist in creating a master application that includes essential information such as: employment history, education, hobbies, previous salaries, desired salaries and references. This is extremely helpful when completing paper, as well as electronic, resumes.
Job seekers are faced with many challenges including increased competition for desirable jobs. Even though a client may have the best resume, if they do not interview well it can hinder their chances of getting the job. That is why it is so important for the clients to know about The Americans with Disability Act, which explains how much an employer can ask about you and your disability, along with interviewing etiquette “do’s and don’ts.” Please come and join us for the JumpStart workshops for a fun and informative day where you will take home a great resume and great tips to make your job search successful. Dates of 2014 Workshops: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Thursday, September 18, 2014 For more information about the JumpStart Program or to attend an upcoming workshop, please contact us at JumpStart@gatransplant.org or by calling 770-457-3796.
Creating a Cover Letter
ow often have you heard the questions: “Do I really need a cover letter?”
Yes. In the job search world, writing a cover letter is like a trip to the dentist: You don’t want to go but you know that it is necessary. Though it is true that your resume is the main attraction, a great
cover letter is a 30-second teaser that helps ensure your resume is seen. Below you’ll find some basic guidelines that you can follow in order to create a painless and functional cover letter. 1. Make it personal. Whenever possible, find out the name the positions hiring manager. It pays
FIRST IN GIVING THEM SECOND
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to do your research. Try to gather as much information as you can about the company you’re applying to, and utilize this information in your letter. This will help make a more personal and direct impact. 2. Get to the point. After you have included your address and the company address, your cover letter should not be more than one page. Keep it short and sweet. 3. Speak to the job description. Pay attention to the company’s postings and descriptions. Through your letter, let the company know you have the desired skills and qualifications they are looking for. 4. Set a plan of action. You can and should use a cover letter to give the company exactly what it is looking for. Meaning, wrap up your cover letter with a promise to contact the company, and then back up your statement with that action. Your cover letter is too important to close by just saying “I look forward to hearing from you.” Take the initiative and tell the reader: “I will follow up with you in the next week to schedule a convenient time for us to meet.” 5. Read and read again. It’s always a good idea to read the letter a few more times to ensure that you do not have any typos, spelling or grammatical errors. Also try giving the letter to a friend or family member to read. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can pick up on things that have been missed. Remember, the point of the cover letter and resume is to gain someone’s attention and get that interview! So go get “cover letter happy” and go get that job!
Beyond the Mentoring Call “The Mentor Project provides one-to-one contact between people living successfully with a transplant and people who are new or adjusting to the world of transplantation.”
he Mentor Project, an integral part of the Georgia Transplant Foundation’s Patient Services Department, is volunteerbased and offers hope and encouragement to those on the transplant journey - candidates, living donors, recipients, and caregivers. Mentors or “The Faces of Hope” as our tagline reflects, listen and answer questions by sharing their own personal experiences, visit in the hospitals, attend support group meetings and orientation classes, and promote GTF through volunteering at events and speaking engagements. Their most important task is to form a mentor relationship with their assigned mentee. In 2013, GTF trained 40 new mentors and 347 transplant candidates, living donors, and caregivers were mentored. The program has trained more than 600 mentors since its inception and had over 5,000 mentees. What is so amazing about mentors are the levels of “giving back” that they are willing to tackle. Each week we receive notes from grateful mentees of how the mentors positively affected their journey and how thankful they are for having someone to talk with that truly understands what they are facing. From simple phone calls answering their questions, to hospital visits, to going to lunch or visiting in their homes, mentors are ready to “meet the needs.” Many of our mentors exceed their volunteer requirements. For example, one recipient mentor and his wife, a caregiver mentor, having experienced
the loneliness of holidays away from home, prepared a gourmet meal for guests at The Mason House for New Years Day. They took organ donation awareness materials and shared information about GTF’s services. They invited one of their mentees to join them and together they were able to reach 24 people through their generosity. Another mentor celebrated his transplant anniversary and honored his donor family and transplant team by purchasing new appliances and equipment for The Mason House. And yet another mentor called daily to check-in with his mentee in the days prior to his living donation and then took him a hero’s gift of Lifesavers to the hospital after the surgery. Mentors stay in touch with mentees regularly or as the mentee needs; they leave their contact information with mentees and are willing to talk day or night as necessary to their mentee, doing their part to continue offering the encouragement they need and answering any questions they may have. It is The Mentor Project’s goal for every transplant candidate, living donor, and caregiver to be able to talk with a mentor. They are positive proof that mentoring works well and should be a part of every transplant family’s journey. If you are interested in having a mentor or becoming a mentor, please visit www.gatransplant.org and click on “The Mentor Project” or contact the program’s manager, Alicia Porter, at email@example.com.
Transplant Fundraising Technology Facelift fundraising experience and make personal fundraisers more successful: Email Tools • Help participants reach out to contacts and past donors. Deliver targeted, high-impact messages. Multi-Channel Engagement • Engage prospective participants through multiple channels.
GTF’s new technology “facelift” has been made possible through generous grants from the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.
n planning for the coming years, the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) has looked into ways for a new software system to be more useful for the Transplant Fundraising Program (TFP).
Address Book Online Import • Outreach to family and friends are made easy. Make Personal Fundraisers More Successful • Share progress, send appeals, and share your story via social networks. Personalization • Upload a photo for personalized fundraising.
With more than 2,191 clients currently enrolled in the Transplant Fundraising Program, it was important for us to choose technology that would enable our clients to raise funds efficiently in order to help them cover their transplant-related expenses. We looked for a system that would give TFP client’s greater reach and superior online fundraising capabilities, in addition to being user-friendly.
Intelligent Dashboard • Participants know all of the details about their contacts: Who hasn’t donated yet? Who do I need to thank?
With the new fundraising website, TFP clients will find it easier to register, reach out to potential donors, and start raising money quickly. Here are some of the features that the new client fundraising pages will have to improve the
The new system is scheduled to be up and running in March 2014. Current TFP clients will be notified of the upcoming steps they will need to take to prepare for the “facelift.”
Progress Tracking • Participants can easily track their own progress and receive notifications every time a donation has been made on their behalf.
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Giving the Gift of Life Living Donation Facts Pictured above (left to right): Michael, Reese, Alicia, and Dylan Smith.
t 10-weeks old, doctors discovered that Reese Smith was born with a genetic disorder called hydronephrosis.
Hydronephrosis, which resulted in Reese’s chronic kidney failure, is a condition that typically occurs when one kidney becomes swollen due to the failure of normal drainage of urine from the kidney to the bladder. This swelling most commonly affects only one kidney, but both can be involved (definition taken from healthline.com). 12
• There are more than 120,800 transplant candidates waiting to receive a transplant in the U.S. • Kidneys are the most common organs donated by a living donor. • Living donors make 6,000 transplants possible each year. • One in four living donors are not biologically related to the recipient. • There are approximately 3,500 people in Georgia waiting for a kidney transplant. • Based on OPTN data as of June 2012, most people waiting for a deceased donor kidney will wait at least a few years.
Living Donor Assistance The Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) supports the fundamental basis of altruism for living donation. Some living donors face difficult financial situations that involve loss of wages during leave of absence for donor surgery or evaluation. There are also hardship expenses incurred by the donor such as travel expenses for the donor and a caregiver. The Georgia Transplant Foundation recognizes that current programs do not adequately meet the needs of living donors. Our goal is to provide financial assistance to living donors to offset hardship expenses that are a direct result of their donation. GTF’s Living Donor Assistance Program is available to living donors who reside in Georgia or to living donors who reside outside of Georgia and donate to a Georgia resident. In the case of paired donation, extenuating circumstances can be reviewed for eligibility. Guidelines: • Applications are requested prior to the transplant / donation for pre-approval to assist in the donation planning process. Requests cannot be accepted more than 90 days post-donation. • Applications are based on the donor’s finances and reviewed for financial eligibility. • Program is not intended to be salary replacement and will be based on demonstrated need. • Grants for household expenses are limited to one month and based on need. • Assistance is available for donor-related expenses only. • Travel is subject to GTF program maximums and should be pre-approved. • Travel can be considered for the donor for evaluation, subject to GTF cap. Travel to donate can be considered for the donor and one caregiver. • Living donor applications are expected to show evidence of the patient/family’s support and financial planning for the surgery and recovery time. For more information about the Living Donor Assistance Program, please visit www.gatransplant.org and click on the “Financial Assistance” tab, or call 770-457-3796.
Despite all efforts to help prolong the function of his kidneys with dialysis and the multiple surgeries he underwent after birth, Reese became so sick that the only remaining option was to receive a life-saving kidney transplant. When Reese was ready for surgery, it took only a few weeks for his mother, Alicia, to be evaluated and cleared as his living donor. He underwent a successful living donor transplant at Georgia Regents Health on May 24, 2013, at the age of 3 years old. Over the past three years, the Smith family’s financial resources became stretched due to Reese’s medical needs and the lost wages they encountered when they had to take time off from working at their family-run business. “When you are in business for yourself and you take off time from work, pay is limited,” said Alicia, Reese’s mom and living donor. The Smith’s turned to the Georgia Transplant Foundation’s (GTF) Living Donor Assistance Program to receive help with some of the financial hardships they were undergoing. GTF was able to step in and assist with their utility and car payments. “I am very grateful for the Georgia Transplant Foundation’s help at this stressful time in my family’s life,” said Alicia. “GTF was a blessing for our family after transplant because it allowed my husband to take the time off from work that Reese and I both needed to heal and recover. We feel fortunate that we didn’t have to worry about the financial impact of donating thanks to GTF’s Living Donor Assistance Program’s support.” Reese is now 6 months post-transplant and has gained almost two years in his development. He is very happy, healthy, and growing like crazy. He loves cartoons, especially Mickey Mouse and Elmo, coloring, reading books, playing on the swing outside and spending time with his older brother, Dylan. For more information about the Georgia Transplant Foundation’s Living Donor Assistance Program, please visit www.gatransplant.org and click on the “Financial Assistance” tab at the top of the page. Imprint Magazine
Academic Scholarships Honor Individuals, Help Families
The Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) offers the Academic Scholarship Program as one way to lessen the impact that transplantation can have on a family’s budget. These are some of GTF’s 2013 academic scholarship recipients. Applications for 2014 scholarships are available at www.gatransplant.org under the “Support Programs” tab. Application deadline is June 1, 2014. A. Thomas F. Smith Recipient Scholarship Erin Dunton, an 18-year-old kidney recipient, received this years’ Thomas F. Smith Scholarship, named in honor of the Georgia Transplant Foundation’s founder. Erin loves working with children and eventually wants to become a teacher in order to make a good impact on their lives at a young age. Erin is now a freshman at North Georgia College and State University studying Early Childhood Education. “Not only do I want to teach children, but I also want to help create a positive foundation for their lives. Life has taught me that no matter what we are given, we can still work hard to come out on top. I have learned that even though my life may not be easy, every part of it has been worth the effort,” said Erin. C. Dunkerley Family Dependent Scholarship This scholarship is named for the Dunkerley Family, honoring founding board members Dick and Pat Dunkerley and their children who are all avid volunteers of GTF. This year the Dunkerley Scholarship is awarded to Tiffany Treece, the dependent of a transplant recipient. Tiffany is the daughter of, liver and kidney recipient, Scott Treece. She is a sophomore at the University of Georgia pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and in Math Education with hopes of becoming a math teacher. “In my career as a teacher I wish to not only influence the children in my class, but also the educational system as a whole,” said Tiffany. “College is the pathway for me to be able to strive for and attain my calling.” 14
E. Theresa Lackey Living Donor Scholarship The Lumpkin family in honor of kidney recipient Karen Lumpkin’s living donor, Theresa, endowed the Theresa Lackey Living Donor Scholarship. This scholarship was awarded to Dominique Brunner. Dominique is a two time liver transplant recipient and a twotime cancer survivor. Her aunt Gina donated a lobe of her liver and was her living donor for her first liver transplant. She is a freshman at Kaplan University earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. “While I was at Children’s I was touched by the care of a Child Life Specialist who helped me through so much and did so much for me,” said Dominique. After she graduates, Dominique plans on going back to school to earn her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and “hopefully fulfilling my dream of helping kids and becoming a Child Life Specialist.”
G. GTF Sibling Scholarship This year’s GTF Sibling Scholarship was awarded to Anna Gwaltney. Anna’s sister received a liver transplant in 2004. “Growing up with a sick sister certainly changes things, but it has moulded me into who I am today,” said Anna. “I learned quickly to go with the flow and roll with the punches that a busy life dealt. This flexibility has held throughout my life as I apply it to my various leadership positions and own personal life. With rigidity comes only one possibility and certain disappointment. With flexibility, numerous opportunities become possible, usually ones you couldn’t envision before.” Anna is a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is earning a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
B. The Couey Family Memorial Scholarship The Couey Family Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of siblings Danny Couey, a heart transplant recipient and his sister Mary Couey, an artist, naturalist and avid supporter of donation. Reid Probst is the recipient of this scholarship. Reid is the son of kidney recipient David Probst who received his transplant in 2002. Reid attends the University of Georgia and is majoring in accounting, where he plans on completing a five-year Masters Degree program to become a CPA. “My dad’s mind-set of not letting obstacles get in your way has stuck with me and is one of the most important things I have learned from him,” said Reid. D
D. The Mallory Smith Legacy Scholarship Kathleen Terrell received the 2013 Mallory Smith Legacy Scholarship endowed by the Smith family in memory of Mallory Smith, a two-time liver recipient, cheerleader and mentor. Kathleen, an 18-yearold kidney recipient, is currently seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Georgia Perimeter College. “I will do whatever it takes to follow my dreams and reach the goals I have set for myself,” said Kathleen. “I told myself that I wanted to be a nurse so I could help people just as the ladies at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta did for me.”
F. Meg Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship The Meg Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient in memory of long-time GTF volunteer, friend, and supporter Meg Jeffrey and her passion for helping young transplant recipients “redesign the dream” and pursue their goals in life following a transplant. 18 year-old heart recipient Jana Ford is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Management at the University of Georgia. “I believe that hard work is never wasted,” said Jana. “I have never regretted a moment of the time I have spent putting in extra time at school.”
H. Michael Calkins Memorial Scholarship Kristin Knight, the winner of the first Michael Calkins Memorial Scholarship, is a 20-year-old whose father received a liver transplant in December 2007. This scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. It honors the perseverance exhibited by those impacted by transplantation who overcome the illness and its many tethers to pursue an education that allows them to develop intellectually, emotionally and physically. Imprint Magazine
A HERO’S IMPRINT: PAT DUNKERLEY
atricia (Pat) Ann Dunkerley was many things to many people - spouse, mom, nana, sister, daughter, social worker, board member, and friend. Marianne Klocksiem first met Pat when the two of them shared a social work office at Piedmont Hospital and they formed a friendship through which Marianne has called Pat her better half. “We laughed that we spent more time with one another than with our husbands,” said Klocksiem. “Truth be told, Pat and I did share
our own special marriage. And in that marriage, there is no doubt that Pat was my better half. I say this not to demean myself, because Pat taught me ably and well. But all who were touched by Pat’s intervention were awed by her skills and blessed by her spirit. I bear witness to Pat’s mission and her talent. I bear witness to the countless lives she changed and the souls that she comforted, one by one as they entered our office throughout the years. Doctors, patients, families and friends - Pat uplifted and supported them all with her insight and her tenderness.”
A FORTUNATE MEETING It was while Pat was a social worker at Piedmont Healthcare that she met kidney recipient Tommy Smith who approached her with a crazy idea. Tommy wanted to start an organization that would help everyone in the state of Georgia who had gotten or who was waiting for a transplant, by providing them with financial assistance so that they would never have to make a choice between eating or taking their life-saving medications. She knew the chore was herculean, but she didn’t say no. She rolled up her sleeves, pulled in her friends and family, and the Georgia Transplant Foundation was born. Tommy was the Foundation’s visionary, but Pat worked right by his side to make his dream come true. A HERO’S LEGACY In 1995, Pat, along side Sandy McMath and Marsha Brenner, wrote GTF’s first grant request to the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust, asking for $400,000 and that covered a three-year period. This year, the Georgia Transplant Foundation is proud to say that the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust has awarded us more than $1,985,000 for a one-year period. Each of the programs offered by GTF today was created as a 18
result of Pat coming together with the social workers from all the transplant centers and finding a way to meet the needs of their patients. In 1997, Pat and Sandy McMath, who was another founding board member and at that time a social worker at Saint Joseph’s hospital, came up with the idea of a Wellness Conference. The seminar would be open to the entire transplant community at no cost to attend. The concern of GTF’s Board of Directors was, “what if no one comes?” That was the beginning of what is today our Trends in Transplant (TNT) Conferences. In the past 16 years, well over 5,000 transplant candidates, recipients, livings donors and their families, have attended the TNT’s and the conferences continue to bring news and updates about transplantation to Georgia’s communities. Pat stayed an active board member and served on the Patient Services Committee, working to create and grow programs. She never lost sight of the needs of the transplant community that she loved so dearly. LASTING IMPRINT It is true that GTF lost a visionary leader, but so many have also lost a dear friend. Laura Lane, her friend of 58 years, expressed it well: “It is a
given that Pat had many gifts. One of those gifts was her ability to be the best possible friend. I think back over our years of friendship and well remember the joys, the fears, and the heartbreaks that we shared with each other. Pat never said ‘let me know if there is anything I can do.’ She just did. She instinctively knew what to say and what to do. She knew when to speak up, when to quietly listen, when to take action, when to comfort, and when to accept comforting.” “She loved you when you didn’t love yourself,” said her high school friend Nancy White. “She accepted you when you did not. She would not hear that you could do better. She touched you on all levels and you felt better telling her anything-good or bad!” “Pat had a social worker’s magic wand,” said Sandy McMath. “In her soft-spoken way, she created a legacy in the transplant community that will last forever.” Pat leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband Dick Dunkerley, children Debbie, Dawn, Darcy, David and Stacey, her sister Barbara, brother Richard, her beautiful eight grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, and the entire Georgia Transplant Foundation family.
The Dunkerley Family (Pictured from top left): Andi Dunkerley, David Dunkerley, David Shearer, Tim Nama, Joe Crandall, Debbie Dunkerley, Darcy Shearer, Ali Shearer, Stacey Nama, Dawn Crandall, Esten Dunkerley, Jed Dunkerley, Dick Dunkerley, Pat Dunkerley, and Trista Crandall.
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ealth insurance is one of those things we don’t always think about. In fact, many of us would rather it just worked when we needed it. In a recent Kaiser study, nearly two-thirds of Americans polled did not know when the new health insurance markets opened (October 1st). Given how front and center healthcare has become to American legislators in the last year, and given that the mandates of ACA are already upon us, it’s crucial you make sure you’re getting adequate and cost-effective coverage for you and your family. The keys to getting the right coverage are: • Assessing your needs • Educating yourself on industry
terms and norms • Comparing and contrasting plans It’s also important to understand that though health insurance isn’t always cheap, it is required. Under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), every American citizen must have coverage. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 15.4 percent of citizens in 2012 went without health insurance, so if you’re in that group, you’ll want to carefully – and somewhat quickly – consider your options. SHOPPING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE As of January 1st, 2014, you’ll be able to shop for private health care or enroll in the health insurance marketplace, which allows you to compare plans.
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When comparing plans, your age, income and zip are immediately taken into account. Customizable fields allow you to filter your options by premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, providers and network types, to name just a few. The programs listed allow you to look at consumer and industry quality ratings, your estimated premiums and all other associated costs. Finally, you can choose to compare a number of programs side by side. Trying to understand the jargon and get the most for your dollar can be overwhelming, especially with all the recent changes to health insurance. Regardless of your age, there are a few important considerations when shopping for coverage: 1. Know the financial strength of your potential insurer. Look up its rating on A.M. Best, Standard and Poor’s, or another credit rating company. 2. Carefully read the benefits covered and excluded in a policy you’re considering. You’ll also want to spot the policy’s deductible, copays, and outof-pocket maximum. Make a reasonable estimate of your healthcare costs per year, based on the policy’s provisions. 3. Realize that you may not have all the benefits you had before under your parents’ or employer’s policy. Assess what you really need in terms of care before assuming you should take a policy identical to your previous one. 4. Check the insurance company’s policy about dropping care to
make sure you won’t be fined if you have to drop coverage because you get a job with health benefits. 5. Do your research: don’t assume that a quote from one insurance company is what you have to pay. Sites like HealthCare.gov and ConsumerRepots.org’s Health Insurance section will help you further understand the intricacies of a policy and what you should be paying. You’ll also want to think about whether you’re likely to be traveling. In addition to the pointers above, if you’re buying a health care policy for the first time and plan to visit or live overseas, you’ll need to make sure you find coverage that doesn’t leave you stranded. Many policies only cover emergency situations, so it’s smart to either get travel insurance or find a policy that does cover overseas care, if you plan to be out of the country on a regular basis.
young and healthy. • Special situations require special coverage. If you’re going overseas, planning a family, or have unique health risks, make sure you’re covered. • If you do have to file a claim or make an appeal for denial of coverage, don’t lose hope. Request a third party review and gather convincing medical evidence. With a little education and effort, you can get an affordable policy that provides for all of your major healthcare needs. Arm yourself with knowledge and then start shopping! For more information about, please visit: InsuranceQuotes.org/Health-Insurance.
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Upcoming Happenings Tom Glavineâ€™s SPRING TRAINING presented by Sandy Springs Toyota and Piedmont Transplant Institute
Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine will host the 22nd annual Tom Glavineâ€™s Spring Training, presented by Piedmont Transplant Institute, on Saturday, February 8, 2014, to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF). Held at the 755 Club at Turner Field, the special night will feature a variety of games with former and current professional athletes and live and silent auctions. Sponsorship packages are available for donations of $1,500 to $25,000. Top-level sponsors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a pre-event sponsor reception at the Club Level at Turner Field for a more intimate chance to mingle with the athletes and fellow-sponsors. For more information, please visit www.gatransplant.org or contact Cheryl Belair at email@example.com or 678-514-1181.
JumpStart Program Workshop Please come and join the JumpStart Program workshops on April 17 and September 18 for a very interactive day. It is fun, informative, and you take home a great resume and/or a master application, with great tips to make your job search successful. For more information or to register, please contact us at 770-457-3796.
Swing Easy, Hit Hard The fifth annual Swing Easy, Hit Hard Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 17 with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. The event will be held at the Windermere Golf Club, in Cumming, GA. Sponsorships, individual golfer spots and foursomes are available. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring this Community Partner Group event, please e-mail SwingEasyHitHard@att.net, or visit www.swingeasyhithard.org.
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A monthly seminar hosted at the Georgia Transplant Foundation’s offices in Atlanta, to help transplant candidates and recipients enrolled in the Transplant Fundraising Program to create and organize a successful fundraising campaign. To register or for more information, call 770-457-3796 or send an e-mail to: TFP@gatransplant.org.
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As a state-wide organization, it is GTF’s goal to offer services to every transplant candidate, recipient, living donor and family member in Georgia. With that in mind, GTF developed the TNT Conferences to bring transplant-related resources and education to all areas of the state. Each year, the program offers new topics specifically of interest to preand post-transplant patients. Join us at this year’s TNT Conferences, held throughout the state of Georgia. The Conference will offer you a unique chance to develop friendships, an understanding of important health topics related to your transplant, and get a glimpse into the future of transplantation. The Conference is free for transplant candidates, recipients, living donors and one guest. Lunch is also provided. For more information about the upcoming TNT’s, please visit: www.gatransplant.org.
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in world-class care for our community. Georgia Regents Medical Center has a dedicated transplant program thatâ€™s second to none. Our experienced physicians offer the most comprehensive care in the region and treat patients from all over the state and theSoutheast. We provide the latest procedures and advanced technology for kidney and pancreas transplants, so we can give our patients a better chance at getting a second chance.
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