• Today, a team of organ transplant surgeons and doctors from the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle will attempt to host the hospital’s first ever live social media web stream from Mount Rainier to promote the importance of an organ donation. The stream (available on the Swedish Medical Center website) will start today at 5 p.m. (GMT) and conclude at 6 p.m. (GMT)....

  • This week, Willie Kemp, whose mother needs a lifesaving kidney transplant, was featured on WREG's Pass It On segment.

    A dedicated University of Memphis supporter chose to track Willie down to let him know that Tiger nation is supporting him through this difficult time.

  • We're thrilled to announce a new addition to our NFT family! In January, Claire Prince joined our staff as a fundraising consultant. Claire works primarily with patients in the northeast region of the country. A professional fundraiser and active member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, Claire is also a licensed clinical social worker. She's a perfect fit to help patients during their transplant journey.

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  • When he was just 2 years old, Cody was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a lung disease that affects about 30,000 people in the United States. Though he was able to live a relatively normal life and was only hospitalized once because of his illness, his health began to worsen in 2009. Last year Cody spent almost 3 months in and out of the hospital, including several stays in the ICU.

    Doctors told Cody a double-lung transplant was critical to his survival. Thankfully, he received his...

  • We are thrilled for our patients who received their transplants last month, and we wish them the very best in their recoveries!

  • Sunday, August 1 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day. This day is observed every August 1 to increase awareness of organ donation among African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Native American populations.

    Currently, 108,000 Americans waiting for organ transplants. Nearly 60,000 of those waiting are minorities.

    Unfortunately, there is a drastic shortage of minority organ donors. In fact, last year only 2,055 organ donors were...

  • Volunteers held a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's in Shelby, NC in honor of NFT patient Kevin Randall! The event was a huge success and raised approximately $1,300!

    Did you know many Applebee's restaurants have Flapjack Fundraisers on Saturday or Sunday mornings? They provide all the food, flyers and clean-up and charge only $2 per person. You simply provide enough volunteers to work as servers!...

  • • Someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer every 4 minutes.
    • About 140,000 people were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2009.
    • Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will cause the deaths of more than 50,000 people in the United States this year.
    • 146 people die every day from a blood cancer.
    • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.

  • In 1983, three caring and compassionate women read about a young girl who needed a liver transplant but could not afford the procedure. These women--Mary Clouse, Liz Hull and Elise Waldheim--worked hard to raise funds for the transplant and related expenses, and their tireless dedication contributed to the patient´s successful transplant. And that’s how the Liver Organ Transplant Fund began.

    Other transplant candidates soon began contacting them for assistance, and it...

  • For four years, Willie Kemp gave his heart and soul on the basketball court for the University of Memphis. Tiger fans and the city of Memphis rallied around him, cheering him on night after night at the FedEx Forum. Now, Willie needs your help.

    Willie's mother, Maxine Kemp, is battling polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and doctors have said a kidney transplant is critical to her survival.

    A mom to three sons--Jermaine, Willie and Quintavius--she remains strong and...