To promote the need for organ and tissue donation through public awareness and education. To provide information on social, emotional and financial support opportunities to transplant recipients, caregivers and to those awaiting transplantation.
The National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E) was started in 1985 by Thomas (Tom) Thrasher. Tom was the first successful heart transplant recipient in the state of Florida.
Through his experience, Tom saw the need for an organization that would promote organ and tissue donation through public awareness and education. His efforts helped eliminate misinformation about organ transplants and showed the public that there is quality of life after transplant.