The Lung Transplant Foundation Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program


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Approaching a lung transplant can be overwhelming for both recipients and caregivers and experiencing unfamiliar circumstances after a transplant can be challenging. The Lung Transplant Foundation (LTF) Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program is a nationally acknowledged, free, all-volunteer program developed and managed by people who have had a lung transplant with the goal of serving new recipients and their caregivers through mentorship. The LTF Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program connects new transplant recipients, as well as their caregivers, with trained mentors who have successfully gone through the transplantation process themselves as either recipients or caregivers, respectively.

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LTF Mentors share answers and resources they have found beneficial from their own experiences. LTF mentors are:

- Trained to be especially good listeners

- Willing to share their experiences compassionately from the point of view of either a recipient or caregiver

- A voice of reason and comfort

- Committed to those they mentor

- A bridge from uncertainty and fear to knowledge and empowerment

LTF Mentorship is a one-on-one confidential relationship for the sole purpose of providing support and guidance. Mentorship communication occurs through phone calls, emails and visits as preferred and arranged by the participants. Mentors are not medical professionals and do not provide medical advice. Sign up today to get your LTF Mentor. If you would like to be paired with a Mentor, please click here and complete the Request a Mentor Form.


The LTF Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program also offers a Mentor Training course available to those who have been a lung transplant recipient or caregiver. Prospective mentors must:

- Be at least 6 months post-lung transplant

- Referred by a member of their transplant team

- Have successfully completed the LTF Mentor Training course

If you are interested in becoming a trained Mentor, please click here to read more and complete the online “Become a Mentor” form.

The Joseph J. Carter Legacy

This Mentorship Program is named in honor of Joseph (Joe) J. Carter who envisioned this type of mentorship program and hoped for the development of new procedures that would better ensure transplant success.


Joe Carter with his family. Lovingly created by his wife Shari and photographer Karin Martinez, after his death, to include their sons Zachary (10) and Aiden (8), who was born 2 months after Joe died.

Joe left a lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with. He was a well-respected attorney practicing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. What made him special as an attorney is what made him exceptional as a person. He treated everyone with respect. Friends, colleagues, and even perfect strangers, would be greeted with a handshake, a smile and probably a joke. He was thoughtful, funny, and often described as charismatic and charming in both his personal and professional life. Joe was able to perfectly balance his passion and commitment to his profession with his love and commitment to his family. He had an incredible zest for life that would ignite those around him. He was able to make the best of any situation. He was appreciative for everything he had. Joe remained true to his character even when he was struggling with serious medical issues and difficulty breathing. He never complained and never lost his sense of humor or love of life. Joe died at age 38 from congenital lung failure in 2008. Shari and their sons Zachary (9) and Aiden (7), who was born 2 months after Joe’s death, are honored to support the Mentorship Program.   Joe would go out of his way to help anyone. He searched  for a program like this in his time of need. He would be honored to be a part of something that will help so many others. This program is a beautiful tribute to a life lost way too soon. ~ Shari Carter

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