Transplant Resources

If you're looking for general information about transplant services, including treatment options and support, the following links may be helpful.

Note: These links are provided for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute any form of endorsement by Avella.

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American Transplant Foundation

As waiting lists for organs grow, education about organ donation has become a significant need in recent years. In response, the American Transplant Foundation actively promotes organ donation efforts, provides financial assistance to the most vulnerable transplant patients and lobbies to Congress. The Foundation strongly believes that no one should die waiting for a transplant, and all of their efforts support and reflect that one goal.

The organization’s website contains links for potential donors and recipients to learn about what happens during and after a transplant including organ-specific surgery and donation information.

American Heart Association’s Transplant Page

The idea of donating a heart or receiving someone else’s can understandably raise concerns or confusion. However, the American Heart Association aims to address these fears and misconceptions through education. The organization’s website explains exactly what happens before, during and after a heart transplant surgery. It also provides tips on how individuals should prepare for the procedure and how they can alter their lifestyle to best maximize the promising gift of a new heart. 

National Kidney Foundation Transplant Page

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the nation dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation’s Transplant Page has specific information about kidney transplants and everything they entail—from donation to surgery and living post-transplant. Visitors can learn about kidney disease, register to be an organ donor and connect with others in the “NKF Family.” 
This family includes people who are going through the transplant process, grieving the loss of a loved one or living through other kidney-disease related issues.

American Liver Foundation Transplant Page

Liver donations can come from both living and non-living donors, unlike that of many other organ transplants. However, there are currently 16,000 Americans waiting for a liver transplant. The American Liver Foundation Transplant Page responds to this crucial need by educating potential donors on the risks and rewards of liver donation.

The website also has a link to “The Dinner Party,” a 52-minute documentary that depicts the stories of eight liver transplant recipients. This video is a helpful resource for educate anyone whose life could be impacted by the donation of this vital organ.

Lung Transplant Foundation

Founded in 2009 by a group of lung transplant recipients from North Carolina, the Lung Transplant Foundation dedicates itself to promoting and funding research to improve the post-lung transplant experience. The organization focuses specifically on issues that result from the body rejecting a new lung. Since its founding, the foundation has donated $150,000 to research efforts.

The group’s website also contains resources to help patients before and after their transplant, as well as a calendar of events, webinar series, and links to social media for individuals to get involved in this important cause.