Mentorship

“What a great concept they have. They put people who have not had the transplant with people who have had it so they can see how well we are now doing. This really helps the beginners. Doing so certainly helped me when I started.”
— Harry F. Collins, Jr.,
Lung Transplant Recipient

Approaching any transplant is an overwhelming process. For pre- and post- lung transplant recipients and their caregivers, it’s even more so. There are very specific challenges that are unique to lung transplantation. We provide support and valuable information for pre-and post-transplant recipients and their families.

Our Lung Transplant Foundation (LTF) Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program connects transplant recipients with trained, volunteer Mentors who have gone through the lung transplant process. These Mentors have a compassionate and comprehensive understanding of the struggles and challenges recipients will face or have already experienced. Their comfort and support are vital for someone undergoing or who has had a lung transplant.

Our Mentors:

  • Have undergone extensive training on how to be a good listener
  • Are willing to share their experiences compassionately from the point of view of either a recipient or caregiver
  • Offer a voice of reason and comfort
  • Are committed to those they Mentor
  • Provide a bridge from uncertainty and fear to knowledge and empowerment
  • Maintain strict confidentiality
  • Communicate through phone calls, emails or visits as preferred by participants

If you would like to be paired with a Mentor, please click the appropriate button below to complete the Request a Mentor form.

Please note: while our Mentors provide support, comfort and compassion, they are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice.

“During this journey as a caregiver, I had the opportunity to meet the most amazing patients and caregivers that demonstrated such strength and a will to live. It was humbling. Today, my journey continues as a Board Member for the Lung Transplant Foundation and most recently, I completed my training to become a Mentor for our new Mentor Program. I give credit to my daughter, Gina who always reached out to other CF and transplant patients during her journey. I am still Mentoring those families today because, with every step and breath, there is hope for a cure.”

—Reyna Kosla, whose daughter was a lung transplant recipient.

Who was Joseph J. Carter?

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

He was a well-respected attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who treated everyone with respect. Joe was able to perfectly balance his passion and commitment to his profession with his love and commitment to his family.

Joe died at age 38 from congenital lung failure before being listed for a transplant, leaving behind his son Zachary and his wife, Shari, who was pregnant with their second child. Shari, Zachary and Aiden, who was born two months after Joe’s death, are supporting the new Lung Transplant Foundation Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program which connects new transplant recipients as well as their caregivers, with trained Mentors who have successfully gone through the transplantation process themselves.

This photo of Joe Carter with his family was lovingly created by his wife, Shari, and photographer Karin Martinez. It includes his 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. 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. 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 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