We are pleased to be able to offer pediatric transplant resources for all of our families in their time of need. Some of these resources may require the aid of a social worker or equivalent on your transplant team. If you see an organization that you would like to nominate for this growing list of resources, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transplant Organizations Donate Life Transplant Living COTA – Children’s Organ Transplant Association AOTA – American Organ Transplant Association NFT – National Foundation for Transplant TRIO – Transplant Recipients International Organization
Waiting List and Statistical Information UNOS – United Network for Organ Sharing (U.S. Waiting List) OPTN – Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network – Provides information on new initiatives and a chance for your voice to be heard on those through public comment. SRTR – Supports the transplant community with statistical analyses, in an effort to better patient results and experience. (U.S. Waiting List and Statistical Information) Trillium Gift of Life Network– Canadian Wait List and Statistics
List of all the children’s hospitals in the United States and some international children’s hospitals as well.
Mended Little Hearts – National Support Program for families of children with heart defects, disease or transplant. Chapters available in most states.
Sisters by Heart – HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) is one of the leading causes of heart transplantation (source: Kids Health). Sisters by Heart is an amazing resource that serves the families of HLHS and advocates for cardiac families nationwide.
Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) – Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare, debilitating disease in which high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs can lead to right heart failure and ultimately transplant. PHA’s mission is to find ways to prevent and cure PH, and to provide hope to the community through support, education, research, advocacy and awareness.
Support for Family Caregivers
Family Caregiving – Get support in caregiving for your child in good times and medically challenging times.
The Adam St Martin Foundation gives college bound teens that have been affect by organ donation as a recipient or donor scholarships for college.
211.org – 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need. They’re here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week with help from around the United States for everything from housing and utilities, health, food and even job assistance.
Meal Train -organize meals for a friend after a birth, surgery or illness Food tidings – Give family and friends the opportunity to help out with a food sign up sheet. Care Calendar – Web based system to organize meals and other help for families during a time of illness or life changing event Lotsa Helping Hands – Easily organize meals and help for friends & family in need Angel Food Ministries – A months worth of food for a family of 4 for about $30
Transplant Living – maintains a list of camps for transplant patients. Although there are more out there than listed here.
When you need hope
Beads of Courage – A wonderful program that offers beads for seriously ill children for each procedure they go through. Ask your hospital if it participates in this wonderful program.
HopeKids – An organization that offers outings, events and hope to kids with life threatning illnesses or have had life threatning illness (one of which is transplant) in select states.
Project Linus – Giving hope and security through donated blankets
Renal Support Network – RSN serves the kidney community by instilling health, happiness, and hope through education, advocacy, and awareness…one person at a time. This is a group that serves both adults and pediatrics. They hold a prom annually for teens with kidney disease. A toll free support line is also available so that patients can talk to someone.
Heart Heroes – Providing superhero capes to all kids affected by congenital heart disease.
Transplant Living – Has an updated list of support groups in various states. There are many more available through hospitals online and on Facebook
Transplant Hero -Transplant Hero is a beautifully created App that helps transplant patients deal with the seemingly impossible task of taking their immunosuppression medications in a timely fashion. Look for this fun way to remember your medications for free in the App Store.