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Georgia Organ Transplant Costs Expected to Double; Georgia Transplant Foundation Steps Up Efforts to Help Recipients


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ATLANTA, Oct. 4 -- The number of surviving Georgia transplant recipients is expected to grow from 4,025 in 2002 to more than 5,200 in 2006. But the transplant is only the start of a longer journey. Follow-up costs of most transplants can exceed $80,000 a year with the costs of follow-up prescription drugs adding up to more than $25,000 annually.

Historic East Lake Golf Club is hosting a tournament to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF). The money raised will help to meet the needs of organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors and their families by providing education and financial assistance. Surviving organ transplant surgery represents only one step in the recovery process. As transplants are performed more frequently, the needs of the transplant community are increasing.

A :30 audio PSA script is provided below for use. This PSA informs listeners of this tournament, this important organization and how they can participate. Donations to the Georgia Transplant Foundation will help provide:

-- Direct financial assistance to recipients, candidates, living donors and their families for household expenses, insurance premiums and medications.

-- Job training for recipients, candidates, living donors and their families who need to acquire new skills prior to re- entering the work force.

-- College scholarships for transplant recipients and their families.

For more information on this public service campaign or the valuable work the Georgia Transplant Foundation is doing, go to http://www.gatransplant.org

Suggested Script (30 seconds):

On Oct. 11, you can play Atlantaís most prestigious golf course while helping out a great cause at the same time. Historic East Lake Golf Club is holding a tournament to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation. The East Lake Golf Tournament will raise money for organ transplant recipients in Georgia, so come play on the same course that hosted the 2000 PGA Tour Championship. For more information, visit www dot GA Transplant dot org. Thatís www dot GA Transplant dot org.



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