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Second Wind Transplant Seco Association of St Louis aka Second Wind Lung Transplant of St. Louis Missouri
October 27, 2010

St. Louis (STL) Second Wind is an entirely volunteer staffed organization. Every dollar raised or donated goes directly to the support lung transplant patients. The Second Wind Assistance Fund provides financial support to meet emergency needs for patientswho are pre and/or post transplant. Unlike many other organ transplants, those waiting for lungs must relocated to be near their transplant center - often for many months until a donor match is found. Even after transplant, the patient must remain near the center to be monitored and for phyical rehabilitation. All of this and maintaining their permanant homes often results in expenses that are beyond what can be met with their disabilty or family income. That's where STL Second Wind comes in - help with utilities, medication costs, travel expenses - there is a myriad of ways the The Assisatance Fund can provide relief to qualified lung transplant patients with unexpected or emergency costs. While most of the Board and membership is comprised of transplant patients and their families, there a a large number of people, myself included, that have become involved with STL Second Wind just because of the great work this organization does. And by being involved with STL Second Wind, I've been witness to miracle after miracle of new life through organ transplant.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen countless lung transplant patients and their families benefit from the work that STL Second Wind does in the lung transplant community. Along with the Assistance Fund, STL Second Wind provides organ donation awareness and education, support to patients and families, and an advocacy role in the transplant community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more funding to assist lung transplant patients. Right now, assistance must be limited in order to serve more people.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I help with the annual fundraising event "The Lung Walk - Every Breath Counts" as well as serving on the Board as the Chapter Secretary.