NFT: Helping Transplant Patients Overcome Financial Obstacles

Right now in the United States there are 123,152 people awaiting transplants, and 12% of those patients need a lifesaving liver transplant. While learning that you or a loved one needs a transplant is frightening, the added stress of figuring out how to pay for it can be completely overwhelming.

Not only does the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) offer fundraising guidance and expertise to transplant patients, but our fundraising consultants can provide a completely personalized experience, as well as support and encouragement along the way.

Since 1983, NFT has been helping patients fundraise for their transplant-related expenses that won’t be covered by insurance. Since our inception, we have helped fundraising campaigns generate nearly $72 million. We are here to help patients no matter what their needs may be. Some may simply need help with a small hospital deposit, while others need much more…like Dale Shaylor.

Dale grew up in the remote parts of the Amazon in Venezuela, where his parents were missionaries. When he was only 13, Dale and his family were shocked when he was diagnosed with hepatitis B and D, which he contracted while living in the jungle.

He lost both his grandfather and aunt after they also contracted hepatitis from their time in the Amazon. As an adult, his condition has worsened to cirrhosis, requiring his family to return to the U.S. for medical care. Doctors said a liver transplant was his only hope for a second chance at life. Thankfully, he received the lifesaving transplant in June of 2011, and he’s back to flying as a missionary bush pilot in Venezuela.

Because of Dale’s unique insurance, he could only stay in the U.S. for six months post-transplant, but he must travel back to the states for yearly follow-up appointments, which can end up costing a great deal. Thanks to a wonderful support network and his fundraising campaign with NFT, he raised the funds he needed to not only cover his initial transplant-related expenses, but also to assist with his travel and lodging for each check-up.

To learn more about the National Foundation for Transplants and how we could assist in your transplant journey, please visit or call 800-489-3863 to speak with a fundraising consultant. 

Donna Cryer