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  1. Tim Brennan says:

    My aunt Betsy Morrissey has had 4 kidney transplants and is on the board of Manhattan TRIO, I am 17 and live in Garden City. I am an organ donor advocate and wrote a petition for NY to include organ donor education in all high schools. Could you please share my petition to your LI-TRIO members and ask that they sign and share it too? I am meeting with a NY State Senator next Tuesday and am trying to get as many signatures as possible. http://chng.it/6SVG2rVzC2
    Thanks for your help! Tim Brennan

  2. Mike Sosna says:

    LI TRIO Upcoming Events- February 2017
    Screenshow is attached:

  3. Mike Sosna says:

    The Rose Parade Float
    Donate Life 2017

    It’s beautiful.

  4. Karen says:

    An organ donor can save 8 people.- Karen Paulick

  5. Karen Paulick says:

    Today was the New York Organ donor bike tour on the north fork of Long Island. In this picture is myself with Darla Doorhy , a donor mom and John Acquaro a heart recipient. There were over 400 bikers even though it was raining!!! -Karen Paulick

  6. Kenny Kaz says:

    This week is nurse’s week. Thanks to all nurses.

  7. Mike Sosna says:

    “Teammates in Life” -The design for the 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade Float was introduced today.

  8. Mike Sosna says:

    I recommend Lauren Rowe’s- Lozza Rozza -videos inclusive of this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7GDQHrRewk Eight transplant questions | Q&A | Lauren Rowe

  9. Mike Sosna says:

    The Manhattan chapter of TRIO presents:
    Remember and Rejoice- Honoring Donors at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC on 2 April, 2016 at 2 PM.

    All are welcome to attend the Manhattan chapter of TRIO’s Ecumenical Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

  10. Mike Sos says:

    Transplant works

  11. Jennifer Lentini says:

    Speaking at a New York Blood center Event.
    Thank you to all the blood donors that have given me the gift of life and my donor Matthew Mcintyre

  12. Mike Sos says:

    First Annual Organ Enrollment Day! 6 October

  13. Jennifer Lentini says:

    Speaking at Winthrop on the importance of organ and blood donation ?♻
    Spreading awareness is not just for the recipients but the donor families , donors and all the people that will need transplant’s in the future. Hopefully one day there will be no waiting list !!!!

    Today is also one of my transplant bff re-birthday Joanne Mohr Balint , this is what transplantation is about living life and enjoying the time you are given.

    Thank you Matthew Mcintyre for my gift of life.

  14. Jennifer Lentini says:

    I am truly humbled meeting my donor mom is #4 ❤❤❤



  15. Jo says:

    Have you heard about the Mechanic and the Surgeon?

    A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley Motorcycle when he spotted a well-known Surgeon in his shop.

    The surgeon was waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike, when the mechanic shouted across the garage, ‘Hey Doc, can I ask you a question?’

    The Surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on a motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hand on a rag and asked. “So Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired all that was damaged, and then put them back in. Now it works just like new. So, how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

    The surgeon paused, smiled and lean over, and whispered to the mechanic, “Try doing it with then engine running.”

    -Jo Michaels- originally published in the LI TRIO Newsletter in 2006.

  16. Paul Hasyn says:

    This is a petition that pertains to organ donation- a topic of discussion that may be your last wish


    “It has been nearly 2 years since my mother’s passing, just 4 days prior to her scheduled discharge from the hospital where she was a patient. At the time of her death, the medical personnel on the third shift of the holiday weekend failed to notify the Gift of Life to initiate the organ/tissue donation process. One of my mother’s last wishes was to have the opportunity to donate her organs/tissues to individuals in need. She never got her opportunity to “pay it forward.” ”

    Paul Hasyn

  17. Mike says:

    Thanks to Neil Gilmartin for this story.


    “Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers. The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world.”

    The family also said that Wilson was an organ donor and they will honor his wishes.

  18. Mike says:

    I’m sorry to report that our friend Skip Knell passed away.

    Skip received the Gift Of Life; a liver transplant in 2010 and he was a dedicated LI TRIO volunteer with a wonderful and supportive family.

    1. Regina M Alongi says:

      Mike I was just wondering: did he die related to his liver transplant or other?
      Thanks, Regina
      P.S. my husband is facing a liver transplant with God’s grace it will be done.

  19. Karen Paulick says:

    Did you see the special sign I had made for the back of my car?? I get more comments from strangers. That allows me to speak about organ donation. Have a good day, Karen.

    Just wanted to share my way of advertising Organ Donation and the license has my initials and date of liver transplant.
    (click photo to view it larger)

  20. Beth Chapman says:

    Dear Tietjen Family,

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of George but find peace knowing that he and Sue will be together in heaven.

    I will always remember George for how truly grateful he was about the gift of life he received, his dedication to LITRIO, easy smile, his sense of humor, his love of cookies and his positivity. I remember his power point presentations and his kind invitation to join all of you for the luncheon after Sue’s memorial.

    I regret that I wasn’t able to attend his memorial in person as I didn’t find out in time.

    I wish your Family peace and healing as everyone mourns the truly remarkable man that was George.


    Beth A Chapman (Cookie Lady)

  21. W. SPANN says:


  22. Sal says:

    Keep providing important information like this. You are helping people.

  23. elizzabeth hinst says:

    really enjoyed my first meeting with litrio here in Suffolk county I learned a lot and I will volunteer to help

    1. Mike Sosna says:

      Thanks very much Elizabeth.

  24. STA says:


  25. Martin says:

    This is really good.

  26. Rich S says:

    Keep up the good work Trio. Much help and various transplant matter &info.

  27. Beth C says:

    Looking forward to seeing everyone at the general meeting in May.

  28. Jen Lentini says:

    Had a wonderful day lobbying for organ donation awareness !!!!
    Think about becoming an organ donor today.

  29. Jim Vliet says:

    Two Donate Life displays are coming up

    1) at the Freeport Health & Wellness Fair at Freeport High School on Saturday May 2nd at 9AM to 11AM

    2) at the Freeport Nautical Mile Festival on Saturday June 6 from 10AM to 6PM.

    Karen Cummings, Kathy and Jim Vliet will be at these displays with handouts etc.

    LI TRIO members and friends are cordially invited to stop by!!

  30. GAM W says:


  31. Your organization has done great things and the categories on this website show that. Keep speaking for everyone on the its waiting for the gift of life and keep representing us to those elected to serve us.

  32. FRANCES says:

    Very helpful website.

  33. sue sakai-mcclure says:

    In December 2013, my sister-in-law received a kidney from a woman who had donated that morning at the UCLA Medical Center. The same day that she received the kidney, my kidney was removed, packed up and flown to Mt. Sinai in NYC. My understanding is that the gentleman that received my kidney lives on Long Island. We were part of a 20-person chain! Ten donors, ten recipients – so awesome. Watching my sis-in-law enjoy life without dialysis makes me hopeful that my L.I. gentleman is doing well and enjoying his life. Some day I hope that our paths will cross. From San Jose, CA.

  34. Melissa Brennan says:

    I joined TRIO in 1989. It was a great group then and is still a great! group! now!!

  35. Jon Ellenhorn says:

    Thanks for all. I must come out to LI Trio

  36. Jen says:

    …. promoting organ donation at the police station (photo) and with Long Island TRIO volunteers at Oceanside High School. – Jen Lentini

  37. Sib says:

    Thorough information and transplant updates. Your group does so much so be proud.

  38. Simon says:

    Great website and superb organization

  39. Jen says:

    Next Saturday at this time, I will be hugging my donor family after 18 years!!!!

    I get to thank them in person. I feel blessed more then I can explain in words. I made the video the other day to show how grateful I am for this opportunity.

    The video is on the blog page here. I didn’t realize how many people would actually watch it. I want people to know that they should never give up looking for your donor family or miracles.

    Each day is a blessing and with the gift I received 18 years ago, i’m here today. Matthew you are my guardian angel and your family are my angels.

    Thank you all for passing my video around. It’s received over 3,000 views. I hope this helps to promote organ donation awareness and one day there will be no more waiting LIST! Liveonny.

  40. DG says:

    Thank you. Thank you.

  41. JAN says:

    thanks for all the info and time you shared on the phone mike. your organization is doing so much and anyone can see how much you put into the website.

  42. Angie says:

    The information helped my friend and her husband who has been a dream through all of this.

  43. s peck says:

    Merry and Happy to trio stay healthy in the new year

  44. Jen Lentini says:

    organ donation matters.

  45. AJ says:

    You worked hard teaching us all that is transplant.It shows.

  46. Mark Allen says:

    Thanks for the information!

  47. Sass says:

    This is a great site.

  48. Sass says:

    My husband and I have been helped so much by the long island chapter of trio.

  49. Dale says:

    whoa nice website so cool and all for a good cause.

  50. KIM says:


  51. Daniel says:

    Wow thank you for the transplant information You helped me.

  52. elliot katz says:


    Incredible job, Mike! Very well constructed and easily navigable. Your dedication to the organization comes through on every page. Thank you for everything you do for the organization.

  53. Sue Dillon says:

    Mike, the old website was good, but this one is incredible. Job not only well done, but perfectly done!

  54. Jen says:

    Today Morgan’s Stanley’s children hospital had their 30 year reunion of heart transplants. They have done 500 over 30 years.
    I was able to honor Dr. Addonizio and Rose and the staff from The hospital. 18 years ago I was a scared girl waiting for a heart tx. Dr. A became a second mom to me, I’m so happy I can be a part of the celebration!

  55. pam says:

    love this website.

  56. DOREEN says:

    Mike you worked really hard and it shows. The site is convenient to browse and there is so so much here.

  57. Janelle says:

    I’m in love with your website.The original one was helpful with so much info.And now I’m showing off your new one with even more info.

  58. Betsy Morrissey says:

    Member & board member of TRIO Manhattan. Love your new web site!

  59. Jen Lentini says:

    When a student comes up to you after class and hugs you, it truly makes me overwhelmed with joy. I may not be doing the career I thought I would, though I love love love speaking about organ donation awareness and sharing Matthews story.

    Interacting with students and faculty truly makes my heart happy with such gratitude and emotions. If I could speak everyday I would.

  60. Mike Sosna says:

    The American Lung Association in California posted this photo with the following message:

    “Check out these lungs! We are impressed with the artistry of this sand monument and couldn’t resist sharing.”

  61. Andrea says:

    Tons of information nice website and so easy and convenient to read. Lots of amazing stories and it all looks so good.

  62. nancy says:

    There is so much here for everyone and every page is set up so beautifully. You always do such a great job providing support and you did such a great job with this Mike and Trio. It’s a pleasure reading articles here.

  63. S Landrieu says:

    I just found your site chock full of organ transplant information. Thank you. Thank you!

  64. pete says:

    Great site! Great info!

  65. ALAN says:

    Great work with this site. This is outstanding.

  66. Diane says:

    i like the artwork and layout and stories and transplant news.
    i wish my organization had a website like this one. nice.

  67. ERIC TAUB says:

    This is an incredibly well laid out, easy to navigate and informative website, great job!!! Keep up the good work.

  68. Janine Burgess says:

    I spent way too much time on this website. Once I started reading the news and each person’s story on members page I was hooked. Then I found the blog and videos. TRIO your site is like Facebook Part 2. I spend way too much time on Facebook too you know. You did a great job giving us all of the materials news and multimedia media on the site. Now I will be coming back.

  69. Paul says:

    Trio I’m impressed by the site. There’s a plethora of transplant information and the website is well organized.

    My wife is enjoying the stories and the data and instruction are helping with our research. This is exactly what the doctor ordered.

  70. Lori Katz says:

    Bravo! on the new LITRIO Website. Informative, friendly and lovely to look at. Looking forward to the Rose Garden event and the holiday party.

  71. Mary T. Graffeo says:

    It takes a musician to create a website like this! Mike, this is an incredibly cogent, articulate, informative, well thought out and executed – and totally delightful – website! It is beautiful to look at (where DID you get the wonderful inlaid, Sorrento-esque wood wallpaper?), and highly organized. The wealth of information about transplant – from all angles – is extraordinary, no matter how well informed about this subject you are!

    The background colors are easy on the eyes, and the typeface (font) is perfect, as is its point size, making articles easy to read. I particularly like the excellent précis of the articles, with the cited piece available below, in case one wants to read more on the subject.

    The categories in the menu bar make all the information contained in the site so easy to find initially and, perhaps, return to at a later time.
    If I had an award to give you, Mike, for this Herculean task, it would now be yours! This website is the perfect home for us, the members of this important organization, Long Island TRIO! BRAVO!!!

    1. Mike Sosna says:

      Mary, thanks for your kind words.

      I want to answer your question about the original art commissioned and specifically created for our website.

      The art is an original work by Zoe Matthiessen who is an incredibly gifted, talented and skilled artist at Productive Insomnia.

  72. Robert Seeback says:

    Long Island TRIO’s website is an amazing resource for anyone waiting for or recieving a transplant. Even those considering becoming a live donor can obtain a great deal of valuable information!

  73. Jennifer Lentini says:

    Mike Sosna This is such a wonderful website. Easy to navigate and full of information. TRIO has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I am happy to have a second family with each of you. You did a wonderful job.

  74. Jerry Sosna says:

    What a beautiful and enlightening website, chock full of all the transplant information one could possibly need in order to answer questions about transplantation. Wonderful stories about Donor families and transplant recipients make for an interesting read. Amazing photos taken at events highlighting LI TRIO abound throughout the site. The site is easily maneuvered as well.

  75. Beth Chapman says:

    I love the website. It looks great! I especially like the art work and member stories as well as the wealth of information. It is so easy to navigate and easy to read. Any question I could think of could be answered here. Bravo Mike Sosna

  76. Florence says:

    This website is a remarkable accomplishment.
    I’m impressed by the informative articles and the personal stories expressed by and written by TRIO members. It looks like an incredible amount of time, effort and work went into this project. The artwork, the photos and the content are spectacular. Congratulations on a job well done.

  77. Rich Baumgarten says:

    I’m taking the website for a drive and it looks great so far.

  78. Jen Lentini says:

    I got to do two things off my life list within a few days !!!! Go to the transplant games and go kayaking!!!!!! I can’t believe how happy I am. Matthew thank you for giving me this opportunity you are my guardian angel. Organ donation works !!!!!- Jen Lentini

  79. Jen Lentini says:

    18 years ago , something spectacular happened. I had waited 3 months in a hospital and on July 6,1996 I received a second chance at life from a 14 year old angel named Matthew.

    I was given a second chance at life, I’m still not sure to this day why I received this second chance but I did. My life changed that day , a day that will ever be a life changing day not only for my self but others around me.

    It’s still surreal to me , every year I receive a re-birthday. I was not supposed to be here but I am. I am grateful for this gift more then words can express. My donor angel and donor family saved me !!!!

    Today is not just about my life but , but Matthews as well. Today I celebrate life I know Matthew as well as my friend Larry are shining down upon me.

    I’m not sure where life is gonna take me, or what tomorrow brings. Though today it is a magnificent day. I am truly happy to be alive

    jen lentini

  80. Simon Lerner says:

    You told important information about outcome of the fight to stop CMS and latest proposal. CMS proposed stopping the protection of medicine preventing rejection of organs in Medicare part D drug insurance. CMS was stopped. As an American living in the United Kingdom this is important to know & we need the medicine to be covered & available. Good job.

  81. F Rosen says:

    Thank you for allowing me to beta test the new LI TRIO website. I think it looks terrific and there is so much information and interactivity with great member involvement.

  82. David G says:

    Your organization is really great. Congratulations

  83. Mary O' says:

    I’m an organ donor and I have been telling everyone at St. Lukes about organ donation. Your site helps a lot.

  84. Mike Sosna says:

    The 2014 re-dedication of our 
“Donor Rose Garden” in Eisenhower Park


    We’re pleased to announce the 2014 re-dedication of our 
“Donor Rose Garden” in Eisenhower Park.

    Long Island TRIO’s most cherished event will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 12 Noon-2 PM.

    Please join LI TRIO and NYODN in honoring and thanking Donors and Donor Families as we re-dedicate our “LI TRIO Donor Rose Garden” to Donors and Donor Families in a ceremony being held on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The “Donor Rose Garden” is located in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY in Nassau County- Parking Field 6/6A.

    Transplant Recipients feel a strong desire to thank Long Island and New York Donor Families for saving lives, creating a brighter tomorrow and for giving the gift of life.

    Please join us in honoring and thanking our heroes.

    Address: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY in Nassau County- Parking Field 6/6A

  85. Testing the site says:

    “Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness. When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.” -Harold Kushner

    1. Peter Simon says:

      I donated one of my kidneys and it’s the best thing I ever did.

  86. Steven Reynolds says:

    Great job trio.

  87. Elizabeth says:

    Checking out the site and commenting. It looks great.