Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We greatly appreciate the work of the Methodist Transplant Institute and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as they serve those awaiting lifesaving transplants in the Mid-South. With nearly 104,000 people waiting for transplants in the U.S., these surgeons are offering hope to so many people in need of a second chance at life.
To read more about this exciting accomplishment, read this article from the Memphis Business Journal.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
NFT helps establish fundraising campaigns in patient communities. Our trained fundraising consultants work with each campaign to develop personalized fundraising goals and tailored methods to raise funds. NFT also writes personalized appeal letters and works with the media to raise awareness in the community about the patient's needs.
Funds raised are placed in a specified NFT state organ/tissue fund, and NFT tracks donations made in honor of specific patients. NFT then uses the funds to pay for transplant-related expenses. NFT's fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $56 million to assist patients during their transplant journey, and NFT assists more than 1,000 patients.
What expenses will NFT cover?
NFT can help with transplant costs; hospital bills and deposits; co-pays; doctors' appointments; medications; caregiver expenses; insurance premiums, temporary mortgage assistance following the transplant; travel, food and lodging expenses; and more.
My insurance company will cover the transplant. Do I need fundraising assistance?
The transplant itself may be covered; however, the high costs of daily post-transplant medications and unforeseen complications often become very overwhelming for patients. Some insurance policies won't cover bone marrow donor searches -- which can be very expensive -- and others have an inadequate lifetime maximum for coverage that will quickly be exhausted. Many patients must also travel far distances to their transplant centers, which can result in significant travel and lodging expenses.
Transplant recipients require a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which can cost as much as $5,000 per month. Most patients require many prescriptions every day. Even with insurance, the co-pays for multiple medications will add up quickly. Some insurance policies won't cover anti-rejection prescriptions at all or will only cover them for a specified period of time.
I already had a transplant. Can NFT help me?
Absolutely! While the best time to fundraise is before transplant, NFT can help patients at any stage. It's easier to communicate the need, gather momentum and maintain enthusiasm among volunteers and donors if fundraising activities begin prior to the transplant. However, many campaigns continue to fundraise post-transplant, and others don't begin fundraising until after transplant.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
While all transplant success rates increase when patients find donors with similar ethnic backgrounds, that component is even more vital to increase the success rate for bone marrow transplants.
For patients like Melissa Delgado, who is of Puerto Rican descent, the wait can be especially long. She has been trying unsuccessfully to find a bone marrow match for six years. It is crucial for minorities to join the bone marrow registry so more lives can be saved.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
To see the list of winners and read a little about them, click here.
Congratulations again to all of the winners, and thank you to Astellas for offering such a wonderful opportunity to transplant recipients!
Visit TransplantExperience.com to learn more about how Astellas helps transplant patients.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Chad’s health began to decline after his diagnosis as he dealt with many side effects. He underwent several endoscopies to help prevent esophageal bleeding, endured internal itching because of the bilirubin in his blood and no longer had enough energy to participate in his normal activities. Doctors said a liver transplant was his only hope for a second chance at life. Thankfully, Chad received his lifesaving transplant June 30, 2009 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Chad looks forward to recovering from his transplant and having the energy to enjoy time with his friends and family. He and his wife would like nothing more than to grow old together and watch their young daughter grow up.
Can you help Chad and his family with their soaring medical expenses? If you would like to make a donation to NFT in honor of Chad, click here.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- Calvin Anderson (kidney) at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
- Gail Breedlove (bone marrow) at University of California San Francisco
- Ralph Coleman (liver) at University of Virginia Health System
- Elvis Gregory (bone marrow) at University of Kansas Medical Center
- Nancy Grinstead (liver) at Duke University Medical Center
- Sandra Johnson (liver) at Duke University Medical Center
- Dominick Just (lung) at Temple University Hospital
- Clark Kimble (liver) at University of Utah Health Care
- Victor Kish (kidney) at Banner Good Samaritan Transplant Center
- Lishan Knowles (kidney) at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- David Lamb (liver) at Integris Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute
- Angel Smith (lung) at Emory University Hospital
- Shawnice Williams (kidney) at Mayo Clinic in Florida
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Following Hurricane Katrina, Joyce and her husband, both retired teachers, were again forced to evacuate the Lake Charles area because of Hurricane Rita. After settling in Georgia, Joyce was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, caused by high blood pressure and diabetes. Doctors say a kidney transplant is her only hope for a second chance at life.
A kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health coverage, Joyce faces significant medical expenses. But despite her struggles, Joyce has high hopes for the future. She recently returned to New Orleans with her husband and one of her daughters and is thankful to be back in her hometown. She looks forward to the lifesaving transplant that will allow her to once again participate in her favorite activities, like gardening, cooking and traveling.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This generous group began supporting the mission of NFT to honor a church member who passed away after battling angiosclerosis, a condition in which the walls of blood vessels harden. Over the years, they have continued to support NFT, along with a handful of nonprofit organizations in the Memphis community.
Our kind donors are so greatly appreciated, and we want thank the members of White Stone Missionary Baptist Church for their steadfast support.