• Advocates for federal tax deductions and credits suggest the lack of financial compensation for donors may be responsible for tens of thousands of needless deaths. Evidence indicates that living donors in the United States experience significant financial costs.  At the National Foundation for Transplants, we see our patients and their potential living donors struggle with this reality.  Read about our Living Donor Program on this site.

    “The organ shortage has existed...

  • NFT Patient of the Month 2017-08-16 10:31

    Melissa had her left lobe lung removed when she was just twelve years old, and suffered from fibrosis for the last fifteen years.

    Six years ago, she was properly diagnosed with alpha-one trypsin deficiency. Thankfully, Melissa was given a second chance at life when she received a double lung transplant on March 31, 2017!

    At the time of her transplant, Melissa was at thirteen percent lung capacity....

  • MEMPHIS (August 8, 2017) – As of August 1, 2017, Good Shepherd Pharmacy and National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) have partnered together to bring affordable medication to Tennessee transplant patients. NFT assists families with financial hardships by providing grants for transplant related expenses, and now their patients will also have access to either free or at-cost prescription medication through Good Shepherd Pharmacy.

    Since Good Shepherd is licensed as a mail order...

  • Ericka & Joe

    When an impromptu conversation leads to a perfect match.

    An impromptu conversation with an old friend during church service one Sunday, led to the perfect match of a donor and recipient who needed a kidney transplant. Joe Mosqeda entered the church and decided to sit next to long-time, family friend, Ericka Hughes-Hale. While waiting on service to start, Ericka casually turned to Joe and asked about his blood type?

    Joe, who has been waiting on a match for years, responded that...

  • Siblings Get Rare Lung Transplants

    Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, CA is the only hospital on the West coast to perform lung transplants on children. According to their website, in the last 30 years, they’ve only done 25 of the surgeries which includes the latest two on the Diaz siblings, a boy and a girl, at 8 and 9 years of age.

    Big sister, Doris Diaz, now 11 was the first to receive her transplant at the age of 8. Both children were born with a severe form of cystic fibrosis that caused...

  • Paul Hyman

    In 1987, Paul Hyman underwent a heart transplant at the age of 20 and is awaiting confirmation from Guiness World Records as the longest surviving heart transplant patient. Paul, now 49, said, “Getting this heart was the greatest gift anyone in the world could receive. It’s a miracle.”

    Before his surgery on December 17, 1987, he was told he would be lucky to see Christmas” if he did not have the operation. With each passing day, Paul says he takes it all in...

  • Michelle Gilchrist, NFT President

    Andy Meek of The Daily News sits down with NFT president, Michelle Gilchrist, to talk about NFT's future expansion plans.  Gilchrist discusses the next chapter for the organization and the rebranding efforts which will lead to NFT becoming more visible in the community.  "The big work we want to be able to do is going to require more than just us doing it. That’s just the reality,” Gilchrist said. “We’re also looking to make sure we do our level...

  • NFT Patient of the Month 2017-04-12 12:23

    There are amazing doctors all around the world making miracles happen every day with the gifts of organ donors.  (Taken from http://www.zmescience.com/other/great-pics/zbigniew-religa-picture/)

     

    National Geographic chose this as the best picture of 1987, and for good reason. Here, we see Dr. Zbigniew Religa keeping watch on the vital signs of a patient after a 23-hour heart surgery he conducted. In the lower right corner, you can see one of his colleagues who...

  • By Cindy Wolff, Social Media Volunteer

    Carson Manseau won the National Foundation for Transplants Lights for Life Neon 5K. His friends, Cy Leffingwell (left) and Brett Raley (right) finished second and third, respectively. 

    Carson Manseau, an 18-year-old senior at Collierville High School, was the winner of the National Foundation for Transplants Lights for Life Neon 5K. He finished the race in 20:48. Two of his best friends followed; Cy...

  • By Cindy Wolff, Social Media Volunteer

    There were 238 runners in this year's Lights for Life Neon 5K. Thirty-four registered a few hours before the race.

    There were 47 spirit runners, which are people who buy T-shirts and show their support. It was a beautiful night, with a 3.1-mile route through a tree-lined neighborhood with a mix of old and new homes. The neighbors in this quiet area of East Memphis welcomed our participants, who ran and walked...