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Does anyone have any information about the annual transplant get together at Rochester?
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-Gift of Life Transplant House has posted some pictures from the picnic.
-There is also a post on the Gift of Life FB page.
@glinda, @jodeej, @mtn_lvr, @cmael, all members, Did you get in the picture?
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Yes Rosemarya I did get in the pictures one has me wearing my all to familiar yellow mask I forgot to pull it down that's the one with for the gift of life transplant hour photo I'm the one sitting the the dark blue and white checkered shirt and cane then I'm also in the one for the heat and lung picture that one you can see my face. I had fun at the picnic and I got to meet some new friends and my very first transplant coordinator Jody Hanson that I had before my transplant it was so good to see her and talk to her again I even took a couple of pictures with her and gave her a hug I will be at next year's picnic most definitely I didn't do any games but did stay paint my hair which was only temporary thankfully as I'm allergic to the hair paint talk about itching all afternoon luckily I only live 2 hours away from rochester
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I saw the pictures of the picnic. There is one of us at the tee shirt table. I couldn't find the pictures of the different groups. (different types of transplants, donors, caregivers,etc.
My daughter and I had our hair painted, too. We also live about 2 hrs from Rochester, heading north. Which direction do you go?
Hi @cmael I live in Eau Claire Wis so when I go to Rochester I go south
We go south, too, but from 40 miles north of St Paul on 35E.
We go thru Durand to Wabashaw then Plainview straight into Rochester from Eau Claire WI
Got it. Has to look at a map. 🙂
My donor daughter, my husband and I went to the Transplant Picnic on Sunday. It was a warm and humid day. Although we had rain on the way down going through St Paul, and rain on the way home, there was no rain at the picnic. The food was good. There was another booth to get ice cream and they had activities like hair painting, bean bag toss, pictures with super heroes and group pictures-different transplant categories, donors and caregivers. It was a good day!
@cmael I think it's great that Mayo does this type of thing. They tried doing an afternoon gathering at MGH last year but there were not that many people that came. I almost choked — they had a buffet! They tell us to not eat at buffets, and then they had one? HUH?
JK, Yes, it is really great that Mayo does this. They asked who came from the farthest. Hawaii won. Volunteers served the food. I recognized one who was the first nephrologist I saw at Mayo when I was being evaluated for a transplant. Don’t understand the buffet at MGH either. Hopefully if they have it again at MGH it’ll be a better turnout.
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@cmael, I also wondered about how the transplant picnic would serve food at a picnic. It looks like there were volunteers who served the food, thus eliminating contamination by individuals goint thru the line and self serving. I would be very comfortable eating at this kind of a 'buffet' where the foods are kept at safe temperatures, and served in a controlled safe way.
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Yes, the food was all kept in large covered containers. There was your choice of turkey or beef to put on a bun, green beans, pasta salad, and mixed fruit. As I said volunteers served all of it, no cross contamination. The ice cream sundaes were served in another line in a different spot to be gotten later. 😋
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@mtn_lvr I did not know where to post this. I just received a postcard in the mail for a Gift of Life Celebration in Jacksonville Florida held by an organization called Jacksonville Transplant Alliance. It will be held on Saturday October 19th at Palms Presbyterian Church on Jacksonville Beach from 10 am-2 pm. There will be music, games, Transplant Trivia and a lunch by Carrabba’s. A professional from Mayo Clinic transplant will be the speaker. I’m not familiar with this group but wanted to pass the information along. The evening before this event there will be a donor recognition ceremony presented by LifeQuest Healrh from 7 – 9 pm.
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@rosemarya. @cmael I think it makes a difference too being outside, not in a closed room where germs are contained, plus we are not in flu season. Perhaps that’s why MGH felt comfortable with a buffet too.
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@flagal22 – Thank you for posting this event that will,be in Jacksonville.
Here is an additional place to post where it might be more accessible more people outside of the Rochester area. Transplant Events
Do you think that you will be able to attend? It sounds like a very worthwhile event for anyone in the Jacksonville area. I hope someone will share the experience here on Connect!
@rosemary I would love to attend but won’t be able to because we are moving back to our home in Panama City.
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