The year certainly flew by. As we approach the end of 2015, it’s a good time to recap and share with you what we’ve accomplished in 2015 and present some of our objectives for 2016. One of our Board’s considerations for 2015 was to push for additional research and grants from NIH and Big Pharma. In order to accomplish this, we recognized that LTF needed to build the voice of lung transplant recipients everywhere. We knew we needed and were ready to spread the word about LTF and our goals. To that end, we started our drive to establish LTF Chapters throughout the US. We discovered an overwhelming reception at transplant centers throughout the US and an even more overwhelming reception from transplant communities everywhere. Both the transplant centers and those touched by lung transplantation clearly recognized the need to build on what we’ve started and spread the word about LTF and our mission. Our success thus far includes the formation, or commitment to form, the following new LTF Chapters: Northeast, Virginia, Florida (including Miami, Orlando, Gainesville and Jacksonville), Denver, Pittsburgh, and California (including LA and San Diego) AND ISRAEL. If you know of people or businesses in those areas who MAY WISH TO SUPPORT AND are committed to the LTF mission, please spread the word and provide them with our contact information: email@example.com There is great enthusiasm and dedication from our new chapter volunteers and we are looking forward to the great things they will accomplish toward our common goal.
Another milestone that we are glad to share with you is that the LTF Board of Directors has commenced a search for our first professional Fundraising Executive. We anticipate the position will be filled by the first quarter of next year.
Some other notable accomplishments we have made this year include LTF’s funding of two American Thoracic Society Travel Awards, which were presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in Denver, and our upcoming participation in the ATS Lung Week Webinar Series, “What is REJECTION”, December 6-12, which can be accessed at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8572550584597411329
We have continued, and grown the participation in, our two key national fundraising events: Casino Night and the Fred Krenrich Golf Tournament at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC.
As Board President, I continued my commitment to the ATS with my service on the Patient Advisory Roundtable (PAR) Council. I invite you to attend the 2016 ATS Conference, to be held in San Francisco, in May, 2016. Watch the LTF website for further details or contact us by Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.
One more highlight of the year 2015 for LTF is the soon to be announced roll out of a special initiative, the Joseph J. Carter LTF Peer 2 Peer Mentor program. This unique program will is intended to provide trained “mentorship” to pre-and post-operative lung transplant patients who may feel the need for information, support or guidance from those who have experienced it. Watch our website and Facebook page for the formal announcement of the program commencement.
As you see, it’s been a busy year. We could never have achieved these goals without the tireless efforts of our volunteers, supporters and generous donors. We owe all of you great thanks. I also thank our Board of Directors who graciously donate their time and resources to the LTF. It is a pleasure and honor to stand beside them as we work together to achieve our goals.
Let us take a moment to reflect on our blessings this year, remember our lost loved ones and friends, who remind us of the strength it requires to live daily with transplant, thank our families and caregivers who have cared for us so lovingly.
Last, but certainly not least, as you make your holiday giving list, please don’t forget to include LTF in your plans. Your generosity will help us to continue to make great strides toward our mission to fund the research of chronic rejection in lung transplant recipients. Our goal is to enable patients to enjoy a long, healthy life through lung transplantation. As I like to remind myself, it should be more about just surviving! We are thankful for your continued support.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2016.
Jeffery R. Goldstein, President