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About Our Beginnings
It was 1983—Flash Dance was a hit at the movies, the price of a first class stamp was 20 cents, and most organ transplants weren’t covered by insurance.
That same year three Memphis women learned of a child who needed a liver transplant, and whose family had no way to pay for it. Their determination to help led to the founding of what is now National Foundation for Transplants.
Mary Clouse recently recalled how she and her two friends, Elyse Waldheim, (who died in 1998), and Liz Hull (who died in 1994), came to start a national non-profit organization that has helped thousands of transplant patients receive a second chance at life.
“I read a story in the newspaper about a child from Louisiana whose father was in the military,” Mrs. Clouse said. “They needed a transplant and the dad’s insurance wasn’t going to pay for it. I called up Elyse and asked her to read the article. Our husbands had both been in the military, too. I said, ‘That could happen to us; we’re on Champus. I’m going to make a donation.’ ”
After she and Elyse went to the hospital and made their donations, they were told that the transplant coordinator wanted to talk with them. “He told us there was such a big need by so many patients, we should start a non-profit organization to help them. My first response was ‘I can’t! I have no idea how to do it; I have no experience with anything like that.’ But then I started thinking, ‘you know, why not?’ ”
Transplantation expanded tremendously in the early 1990s and so did the need for financial assistance. The number of new patients turning to the organization doubled between 1992 and 1993. In 1998, the board of directors voted to change OTF’s name to National Foundation for Transplants (NFT), to reflect the organization’s national scope and its service to all types of transplant patients. In its first 20 years of existence, NFT paid out more than $9.7 million for patient medical expenses from NFT campaigns.