Transplant Grants

The experience of living with cystic fibrosis is markedly different today than it was decades ago. 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. Last year, the Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in transplant grants.

Directions for applying for BEF Lung Transplant Grant:

Applicants must complete an official application. They also are asked to provide a letter from the transplant coordinator, stating that the patient has cystic fibrosis and is actively listed for a transplant.

Grant recipients are required to provide a copy of official receipts to the Foundation for all expenses covered by the grant. BEF makes grant donations directly to institutions to pay for expenses directly related to the transplant grant, such as housing. BEF does not pay grant money directly to the individual applicant or to the applicant’s transplant grant fund.

Please email Chris McEwan ( or call 646-292-7939 if you have question about the program or would like to make a donation.


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

Mail the completed form and supplemental materials to:

Boomer Esiason Foundation
Attn: Chris McEwan
483 10th Avenue, Suite 300
New York, NY 10018

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.