TRIO is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors.
Through the TRIO Headquarters and a network of chapters, TRIO serves its members in the areas of: Awareness, Support, Education, and Advocacy.
I recently joined the Akron-Canton chapter of TRIO and am honored to so quickly become their Webmaster and head of Social Media Relations. I loved completely redoing their website – check out our new Akron Canton TRIO website here. I also made our presence on Twitter and Facebook so please follow our blog, Twitter, and Facebook page!
The best part about TRIO is our monthly support meetings. If you are on the list for a transplant, think you may qualify for a transplant, are a living donor, family of a donor, a support person, medical professional, or are simply interested in the transplant process, you are invited to come to a meeting. More information is on our website, but we’d love to see you join us. We go to events and advocate for organ donation, and we go to events by groups like LifeBanc to try to recruit (and therefore help) more people. We have an annual picnic and holiday party, and we support various other charities. But most of all, we are a group of people who have been though the transplant experience and can lean on each other whenever we need.
On August 8, we had our annual Celebration of Life picnic, and although our attendance was low due to vacations, other plans and parties, etc., we had a good turnout and a wonderful time! Here are some of my new friends:
From L-R, Randy & Robin Pelton, Craig & Beth Gohlke, Rosie Price, Mary Fread, Keith Goodwin, Don Gordon, Ray & Susan Golden, Amanda Goodwin, Heather Golden, Ray Hamlin, Pam Goodwin, Ben Wallace, Nikki Goodwin, Dick & Joan Becherer.
I’m so excited to be a part of this huge international group, and I’m excited to be helping our small chapter grow. I’ve already received so much guidance and support from the members, and the organization is near and dear to my heart.