Patient Resources

Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF)

The Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help meet the needs of organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and their families.

GTF offers a wide array of programs:

  • JobLink is a career development and return-to-work program for transplant recipients, offering testing, job readiness training, and job placement.
  • Annual scholarships are awarded to transplant recipients and dependents for post-secondary education.
  • GTF offers a number of financial assistance programs to transplant candidates and recipients who are Georgia residents. The assistance programs offer temporary transitional support during times of financial crisis, whether it is pre- or post-transplant. There is also a fund to assist living donors with out-of-pocket expenses related to the donation process. Each of the programs is based on financial need and requires an application process through the transplant program's social worker. For more information, contact your transplant social worker.
  • GTF has established the Access to Care: Matching Funds Program to help transplant candidates who need to fundraise to pay for the high costs of medications and other transplant-related expenses.

The Mentor Project

Waiting for and receiving an organ transplant is a very emotional time. Learning that you or a family member needs a transplant, going through the evaluation process, waiting for the call, having the surgery, recovering, and then adjusting to “chronic wellness” – life after transplant – can be a wonderful but emotional, stressful, and anxious time. Recipients may feel happiness, fear and even confusion. Living donors wonder about having elective surgery. Family members experience concerns about the welfare of their loved ones. Support from friends, family and the transplant center team can often help, but talking to someone who has been in the same situation is often the best cure for calming nerves and realizing positive outcomes. That’s where the Mentor Project, a patient service program of Georgia Transplant Foundation, can provide assistance. A trained mentor can be “the face of hope” for anyone facing transplant. The Mentor Project provides one-to-one contact between people living successfully with a transplant and people who are new or adjusting to the world of transplantation. The Mentor Project has trained mentors (recipients, living donors, spouses, parents of pediatric recipients, and other family members) who have a desire to help support others through the transplant process. All organ groups, living donors, and each Georgia transplant center are represented in The Mentor Project. Mentors provide hope and encouragement, share their personal experiences, and most importantly, they’re good listeners. They offer support on an as-needed basis from a simple phone call to a hospital visit to personal meetings. Unlike a support group, in a mentoring relationship real life experiences are shared and even the smallest questions get answered privately and confidentially.

If you live in Georgia or are a client at a Georgia transplant center, you can be referred to the Mentor Project by your social worker, transplant coordinator, transplant clinic professional or physician, or you can simply request a mentor by contacting GTF directly. Mentors and mentees are matched by common experiences and situations. For example, transplant center, type of organ, and if possible, age, location, and medical history are all considered when selecting your mentor. All information you share or discuss with a mentor is confidential. Mention to a member of your transplant team that you’d like to talk with a mentor. Or, contact GTF directly by calling the office toll free at 1-866-428-9411 or visiting The Mentor Project website.

Medication Access Program (MAP)

The Medication Access Program (MAP) is designed to help patients obtain necessary transplant medications after their transplant. The MAP program is available to all Georgia residents who have received a solid organ transplant and meet the program's financial requirements. Emory Transplant Center has dedicated MAP coordinators who work with all interested transplant patients to complete the enrollment process.

If you would like to know more about MAP and how to qualify for medication assistance, call 404-712-5208 or 404-712-4981 to speak with the Emory MAP Coordinator. This program is in partnership with the Medical College of Georgia MAP and is funded by the generous support of the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust.