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|About||Our Mission: To promote and advance research in order to improve long-term outcomes among lung transplant recipients.|
|Mission||The national Lung Transplant Foundation’s mission is to promote and advance research in order to improve long-term outcomes among lung transplant recipients and to educate and promote awareness about organ donation.|
In June 2009, the national Lung Transplant Foundation (LTF) was founded as a non-profit organization by a group of lung transplant recipients from Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. These recipients from Duke University and UNC Hospitals realized promotion and funding of research to improve the post lung transplant experience and long term outcomes was severely lacking, so they created the LTF to tackle one of the most difficult and life-threatening issues facing transplant recipients, chronic rejection or bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS).
The LTF now includes a Board of Directors comprised of lung transplant recipients, caregivers and connected individuals who graciously donate their time to further the mission of the LTF. What began as a small foundation has grown to become an outspoken advocate for the advancement of research to cure BOS and one of the most widely recognized organizations promoting lung transplant as a viable alternative to end-stage lung disease. The LTF website has approximately 4,000 visitors daily, and the LTF Facebook page boasts 1.1 million fans.
To date, the LTF has donated $150,000 to BOS research and actively promotes collaborative efforts in ground-breaking research involving stem cells for this same effort.
In November of 2012, the LTF was approved for membership to the American Thoracic Society’s PAR Council of Public Representatives. The LTF is currently the only national lung transplant organization that sits on this prestigious council.
The state of North Carolina, while also the national headquarters for LTF, is in the process of forming a state chapter of their own.
|Awards||In November of 2012, the LTF was approved for membership to the American Thoracic Society’s PAR Council of Public Representatives. The LTF is currently the only national lung transplant organization that sits on this prestigious council.|