The Lung Transplant Support Organization
Message from the President...
As the president of the Lung Transplant Support Organization, I invite you to wind your way through our website here at GOTMASK.org. Hopefully, as you make your way through it you will find information that helps you with whatever brought you here. This is not a medical site, and we are not giving any medical advice, we’re here to offer support to those who need it. Support to you or one of those who are dear to you if they are in need of a lung transplant.
The Lung Transplant Support Organization was founded because lung transplant recipients and we their caretakers wanted to help those who followed them in the transplantation program at the Heart and Lung Institute of Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The doctors, nurses and other dedicated personnel of the HLI at St. Joe’s, gave the gift of a wonderfully improved life to the lung transplant recipients. Filled with a new sense of what it is to really be alive, they wanted to share and help others.
After a little over a year of planning and completing paperwork to achieve that designation, the LTSO finally received Internal Revenue Service status as a 501C (non-profit charitable) organization. As such we are eligible to receive gifts and donations, which are tax deductable by the donor. The monies received are being used to provide education from a first hand perspective of the transplant process and to support those who are awaiting their lung transplants at Saint Joseph’s. Our long term goals are to provide temporary housing for out of area transplant patients and their support persons. We know that housing may be well off in the future, but we are setting our hopes high.
So, take a little time, read the blogs by some of our transplant recipients, join the forum to share in the discussion or ask a question, and enjoy the photographs of some of our events that are posted inside. If you’d like one of our T-shirts, or are a collector of challenge coins, drop into our sales area and see if there is something there you would like. Most importantly though, know that we are here, willing to help you in your time of uncertainty and worry.
Glenn A. Hutchinson
Lung Transplant Support Organization