Transplant Grants

Thanks to the discovery of the CF gene, the availability of effective drug therapies and advances in technology, the 30,000 Americans who deal with the disease day in and day out are living longer and fuller lives.

In a word, they are thriving. While the cost of transplantation is typically covered by most insurance companies, travel and relocation costs are typically absorbed by the patient’s families. The BEF Lung Transplant Grant Program is one way the Foundation works to give back to people with CF in the here and now, by helping families pay for the expenses that are not covered by their insurance. Possible expenses to the recipient and family include, but are not limited to: patient and family costs for transportation to and from the surgery site, and to and from clinic visits after the transplant; and housing, food, and living expenses associated with relocation to the transplant site.

Directions for Applying for BEF Lung Transplant Grant:

Applicants must complete an application and submit:

  • A letter from the patient’s social worker/physician stating that the patient has cystic fibrosis and verifying that the patient and his or her family are in need of financial assistance.
  • A letter from patient or patient’s parents/guardians indicating how much money is needed and where the funds should be allocated. If possible, please specify reasons for the grant (i.e., rent increase, transportation issues, etc.). Include jobs held by primary income earners in the family and annual wages earned for the past three years. Indicate at what stage in the transplant process the patient is at present. Please note that the more detail this letter provides, the more attention the evaluation committee will give your application. Typical letters are one page in length.
  • Latest fiscal year W-2 tax forms for patient and patient’s family (if applicable).
  • A photo of the patient.

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    Other Ways to Submit Your Application:

    To apply via mail, please download and complete the grant application form:

    Mail the completed form and supplemental materials to:

    Boomer Esiason Foundation
    Attn: Chris McEwan
    200 B Armstrong Road
    Garden City Park, NY 11040

    Other Assistance:

    Patient AirLift Services (PALS) is a nonprofit organization that arranges FREE flights for individuals in need of medical diagnosis or treatment. PALS has a network of volunteer pilots who provide this service without reimbursement or compensation, using their own or rented aircraft. In no case are fees of any kind charged for PALS services. For more information or to see if you qualify for this assistance, please contact PALS at 888.818.1231 or email To find out more, go to the PALS web site at

    For information on other assistance programs offered for transplant patients and their families, please visit our Resources section.