Why is a transplant home needed?
The availability of organs is almost always unplanned. When the time comes, fortunate patients make their treks to MUSC, and a place to stay is likely the last thing on their minds. As patients recuperate post operatively, they return for follow-up appointments. Patients living outside a 45 mile radius of MUSC Health Transplant Center are strongly encouraged to stay in the Charleston area in the first few weeks up to 3 months after their surgery. The financial burden of staying out of town can often be overwhelming, but it's dangerous for patients to be too far from their doctors.
How many people could be served?
In 2017, over 400 organ transplants were performed at MUSC Health Transplant Center. A large number of those were for people outside the Charleston area.
Who is behind the effort to offer this?
Charleston Transplant Home is supported by a Board of Directors and several committees that are passionate about working to provide affordable housing for transplant patients and their caregivers.
What do others say about the need for the Charleston Transplant Home?
Patients find compassion and comfort in lodging with other guests who are going through similar journeys. There’s something consoling about people facing challenges together.
There is a need for this type of facility in our community. Dr. John McGillicuddy, MUSC Transplant Surgeon said, “Charleston Transplant Home helps fill an enormous need for our transplant patients. It is vitally important that they be nearby MUSC in the first critical weeks after their transplant, and for a lot of our patients, affordable and appropriate lodging is nearly impossible to find. “
The following is a testimony of a Liver Transplant Recipient on January 17, 2018 that reinforces “Our Mission”:
“I could not have had such a miraculous outcome
had it not been for the surgeons”
“But moreover, and perhaps as essential, had it not
been for the assistance and support of Charleston
Transplant Home, I would not have been able to
afford the trip and cost of the hotel room, meals and
other expenses. CTH helped me to live, have a
second life. So many things came together for me
that I indeed feel blessed. CTH was there for me
then and continues to provide me with support and
friendship to this day. “
What sponsorship opportunities exist?
Third party events that support the mission of CTH are a great way to get a group or business involved in supporting a great cause. Funding will also be pursued through endowments, grants and aggressive local fundraising.
As a non-profit, various forms of funding are essential on any and all levels in order to continue offering this home to families in need. Spreading the word about the home to statewide communities as a resource for families and to financial contributors is critical for the future of the home.