La Jolla – Scripps Center for Organ & Cell Transplantation will host its annual “Thanks-for-Giving” party for transplant recipients and living donors on Friday, November 6 at the La Jolla Marriott, located at 4240 La Jolla Village Drive.
More than 350 former patients, living donors, and family members of deceased donors will attend the celebration from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Special recognition for living donors who have graciously donated a kidney or portion of their liver will take place at 7:30 p.m.
“We hold this event every year in order to honor those who received the gift of life after their long battle with illness, and those heroes who selflessly gave a part of themselves in order to save another human being,” said Michelle Roberts, transplant center director.
“As caregivers, we often struggle with the statistics – every month 3,700 more people are added to the organ wait list, and every day 18 more people die waiting to be called for a transplant. However it’s important for us, especially during this time of Thanksgiving, to take one night out of the year to celebrate life and show our gratitude to our patients and donors.”
Scripps Center for Organ & Cell Transplantation is one of Southern California’s premiere transplant centers, providing life-saving liver, kidney and pancreas transplants as well as numerous clinical trials designed to discover new treatment options and better transplant methods.