Welcome to the Transplant Awareness Organization of Greater Rochester (TAO)

  • Providing support, understanding, education, and resources for transplant recipients, candidates, and their families
  • Working actively in the community to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation
  • Membership is not required in order to attend TAO meetings. Guests are very welcome!


Featured Upcoming Events 

Transplant Games Meeting

Team Finger Lakes

Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 - 7:00pm

Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Offices

30 Corporate Woods of Brighton, Building 30, Suite 220, Rochester, NY 

(If unable to attend, a conference call set-up is available. For those calling in, the phone number is 1-866-439-4480. When prompted enter 637411#)



May Membership Meeting

Monday, May 18th at 6:30pm

Skin Cancer - Risks for Transplant Recipients

Sherrif F. Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D.

If you missed this wonderful presentation, a copy of Dr. Ibrahim's presentation slides will be available on this website soon



May Lung Luncheon

Thursday, May 21st at noon

Hicks and McCarthy

23 South Main Street, Pittsford, 14534



Annual June TAO Picnic!

Monday, June 15th at 5pm 

Buckland Park Lodge

1341 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14618

Adults - $10, Children under 15 - $5

Make your reservation by June 6th by mailing your check to TAO, P.O. Box 23552, Rochester, NY 14692-3552. Include the names of attendees and the number of adults/children. In the meantime, put the date on your calendar! Same location as last year.



Transplant News

Lilac Parade - Donate Life Float

Saturday, May 9th

It’s that time of year again!  We are once again looking for individuals to ride on or walk alongside the Donate Life float this year in Rochester’s annual Lilac Festival Parade on SATURDAY, MAY 9.  Total time commitment:  8:30 am – 12:30 pm. We must know by Tuesday May 5 how many riders/walkers will be participating  - organ, tissue  and cornea transplant recipients, donor family members, and living organ donors. Signs must be made for each rider/walker.  We all wear Donate Life t-shirts and we must be sure everyone still has one in their closet. We also want to be sure we have enough donuts/bagels/juice/coffee for our pre-parade tailgate in the parking lot.

As we leave the month of April (National Donate Life Month) the parade is a perfect venue in May to thank our community for their support of donation. 

If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with Karen Guarino  (585) 272-7890 or KGuarino@rehpb.org


Featured Video


A BBC documentary that follows several patients who receive the Gift of Life from a single organ donor. Britain, like the United States, struggles with a shortage of organs for transplant. (59 minutes)


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