Cystic Fibrosis Podcast 19: National Transplant Assistance Fund – “The Financial Link to Transplantation

National Transplant Assistance Fund -The Financial Link to Transplantation

Jerry Cahill interviews Lynne Samson, the Executive Director of the NTAF on how they can help with fundraising for a costly lung transplant.

Mission Statement: To help raise funds for transplant and catastrophic injury patients by providing compassionate support, education and expertise to them, their families and communities.

  • NTAF is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization and contributions to NTAF are tax-deductible. NTAF was founded in 1983
  • Lynne states: “it’s better to start fundraising as soon as you are listed at a transplant center”
  • Lynn states: “people in the community love to support a cause and this gives emotional support to the patient and family going through the crisis”
  • Fundraising events include: golf outings, spaghetti dinners, chicken fries, dances, and car washes, to name a few.
  • Money can be used for insurance co-pays, medications, re-locating for a transplant, meals, lodging, and living donor costs.
  • NTAF has over 1200 active patient accounts and has risen over $4 million this year.
  • “The goal of NTAF is to help the patient and family feel financially, emotionally, and mentally secure and that through the community support they will feel cared for”

National Transplant Assistance Fund