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.
Boomer Esiason Foundation
Attn: Chris McEwan
200 B Armstrong Road
Garden City Park, NY 11040
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more, go to the PALS web site at www.palservices.org.
For information on other assistance programs offered for transplant patients and their families, please visit our Resources section.