Mayo Clinic is among the sponsors of the National Kidney Foundation’s 2008 U.S. Transplant Games, which are held in even-numbered years “to demonstrate the success of transplantation, honor those who have given the gift of life, and call attention to the need for more organ donors.”
This year the Transplant Games are being held in Pittsburgh, PA, and Mayo Clinic will have a booth to greet Mayo patients and others and to provide a platform for participants to share their transplant stories by engaging in social media.
- Mayo staff will take photos to be uploaded to Mayo Clinic’s Flickr account, and are encouraging others who want to upload their own photos to Flickr during the week to use the tag transplantgames08. Here are the Mayo Transplant Games photos.
- Participants will be able to tell their transplant stories via video through Mayo Clinic’s YouTube channel. (See the latest videos here.)
- They also will be able to join a special Facebook group for people who want to promote awareness of organ and tissue donation, and the booth will have computer access so they can sign up for Facebook and visit the Mayo Clinic Facebook page.
Please check out these sites to see and hear about people whose lives have been dramatically affected by transplant, and use these social media to help raise awareness of donation by passing these compelling stories along to your family and friends.
To learn more about how you can do this, here are Seven Steps to Promoting Transplant through Social Media.
And if you have been an organ or tissue donor or recipient and you’re not attending the Games, please take a moment to share your story, too, either on those sites or in the comments below.