Transplantation Surgery

Registration Open for Memorial’s 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Kidney, Pancreas Transplant Patients

SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center’s 11th annual 5K Transplant Run/Walk to benefit kidney and pancreas transplant patients will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in Washington Park in Springfield.

Registrations are open online at Memoria lTransplant through Sept. 17; participants can also go online to print out a registration form and mail it in. Those who wish to register on the day of the event can do so beginning at 8 a.m. To be guaranteed a T-shirt, registrations are recommended to be turned in by Aug. 28.

The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for 12-year-olds and younger. Participants will meet at the picnic shelter area near the tennis courts and playground. Registration increases by $5 per person on the day of the event.

The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial is the event’s host. Proceeds benefit Memorial’s transplant fund, which provides assistance to patients, education for patients and staff, and continuing program development.

“We’re grateful for the community’s support over the years to help us raise funds to assist our patients and their families,” said Sara Danner, transplant financial coordinator and chair of this year’s event. “This event is such a great opportunity for patients and donor families to come together and share their stories.”

Life Goes On, which promotes organ donations, will be on hand to encourage people to sign up as organ donors.

The transplant team follows and manages the care of approximately 290 post-transplant patients. The transplant program is a cooperative initiative involving Memorial Medical Center, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Springfield Clinic. Since its founding in 1972, the program has completed more than 900 kidney and pancreas transplants.

An estimated 375 people participated in last year’s event, including transplant recipients, living donors and families of deceased donors. The 10 previous runs have raised a total of approximately $136,000.

For more information, call Memorial’s Transplant Services at (217) 757-7835.

Transplant Program History

For nearly 40 years, the pancreas and kidney transplant program and surgery services at Memorial Medical Center (Springfield, Illinois) and Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of patients and their loved ones. The transplant program was founded in 1972 by Dr. Alan Birtch, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, and has performed more than 800 kidney and combined kidney/pancreas transplants to date.












The attached video was created as a tribute to our hospital-wide commitment to organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Information is from 2009-2012. Interviews are of Memorial Medical Center patients, however not everyone pictured was treated at Memorial Medical Center.

Services Offered

Clinical Research

The Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine transplant physicians, Dr. Marc Garfinkel and Dr. David Rea, are currently investigating effects of cigarette smoking on transplant outcomes.

Learn More

To learn more about the Memorial/SIU transplant program please go to this link
Additionally, to receive a free education DVD entitled "A New Beginning: Planning for Your Transplant Journey", please call the Memorial Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Program and Surgery Services at (217) 788-3441 or toll free at (888) 864-9433.

Contact Us

We are available to answer any questions you may have or to talk about our transplant program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at (217) 788-3441 or toll free at (888) 864-9433.