March 2009

  • June Simpson, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, began experiencing severe asthma attacks 15 years ago. She was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary fibrosis in 2006. Today, she has a constant dependency on an oxygen tank. Doctors say her only hope for a second chance at life is a double lung transplant.

    For most people, just hearing they need a transplant to survive is scary enough. But for June, that isn’t even the worst...

  • Did you know...

    March 19, 2009

    Here are some facts that you may not know: 

    • 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant.
    • Every 11 minutes, another name is added to the transplant waiting list.
    • 90% of Americans say they support organ donation, yet only 35% of licensed drivers or ID card holders have enrolled in a state donor registry.
    • 1 organ donor can save the lives of 8 people.
    • Anyone can be an organ donor,...
  • If you are a cancer patient who needs a bone marrow transplant, you certainly understand how challenging it can be to search for a matching marrow donor for that lifesaving transplant. It can be even more difficult when your insurance company will pay for the transplant, but refuses to pay for the donor search!

    The National Foundation for Transplants not only helps alleviate the financial burdens of transplant patients through fundraising,...

  • A soccer team of 5th graders in Washington rallied together when they found out the mother of one of their teammate's was diagnosed with leukemia. Read this heartwarming story from the Issaquah Press in Issaquah, WA about the outpouring of support for a friend's mother.

    ...

  • In celebration of National Social Worker Month, the National Foundation for Transplants wants to send a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all of the social workers helping patients through the process of transplantation. We understand how scary it can be for patients to learn they need a transplant. Transplant social workers face the task of alleviating worry each and every day for their patients, and we appreciate them!

    If you are a social worker in the transplant arena,...

  • By now, you probably know we’re facing a national shortage of organ donors. But with just two easy steps, you can help alleviate this crisis!

    1. Donate to NFT! With your help, NFT will raise $100,000 to represent the individuals on the transplant waiting list. If you donate $25 or more, you’ll receive a Transplant Challenge t-shirt! Please indicate your t-shirt size in the comment section of the...

  • We are so happy for our patients who received lifesaving transplants in February!