About Us

We are the Lung Transplant Support Organization (LTSO) and we are here to help lung transplant patients and their caregivers at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. We have been helping since 2008. 

What We Do

We provide emotional, financial and educational support to lung transplant patients and their caregivers. Having received the gift of a new life we are working to help others receive theirs as well. 

Our Annual Fundraiser

We receive most of our funding from annual “Breath of Hope” charity golf tournaments. We are always looking for gifts in kind, sponsors, etc. We receive donations through the United Way and individual gifts.

Message from the President

Welcome to the Lung Transplant Support Organization (L.T.S.O) or GOTMASK.org

For over a decade, recipients, those waiting for a transplant, caregivers and families have had the benefit of “Patients Helping Patients”.  This slogan has been the goal of the LTSO from the beginning.  The LTSO was organized by the earliest transplant patients & their caregivers in 2007 at St. Joseph’s Heart and Lung Institute (now St. Joseph’s Norton Thorasic Institute).  These early recipients began by “Paying it forward’ to those following them on the same path.  We are here to help you find suggestions and answers to questions you may have, before or after your transplant.

We work directly with the Norton Thorasic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, but we are happy to help and welcome those who received their new gift of life transplant at another center. 

The L.T.S.O. is an IRS 501c.3 non-profit charity. We work to raise funds to help offset some of the outside costs for the patients coming into the lung transplant program. These costs range from help with prescriptions to providing specialty medical devices that often aren’t covered by insurance, to helping with transportation costs for patients that otherwise could not afford this life saving gift. Our long term goal of providing housing for out-of-area patients was realize last year with the addition of the Lung Transplant Quarters.  These well priced quarters offer a studio, and one and two bedroom units for the 2-3 month required stay post-transplant.

We are able to receive gifts and donations; which are tax deductible for the donor. Later in the website you will find information about our annual “Breath of Hope Charity Golf Tournament”; our primary fundraiser. We invite you to help us raise funds by playing, or by joining us for the luncheon or silent auction at the tourney in April of May each year. We are always looking for “hole” sponsors and donations from local businesses to make this tournament a success.

Please feel free to contact us through this website, or at 1-855-GOTMASK, with any questions you may have about your or one of your loved ones’ lung transplant. Also feel free to contact us if you would like to join us in helping others. 

We look forward to meeting you at the 10th Annual Breath of Hope, charity golf tournament, the St. Joe’s lung transplant support meetings, or at our annual fall get-together.

Lung Transplant Support Organization