|Who We Are
Our organization consists primarily of persons who have had or are waiting for lung transplants at the University of
Minnesota Transplant Center or is a family member of a person who has had or needs a lung transplant. Our underlying diseases are
many, but we have all been diagnosed with an end-stage lung disease requiring a life-saving transplant. The majority of our Board of
Directors come from this unique group.
How We Started
We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was formally organized in December, 2003. Prior to that, the primary intent was to
educate our members and keep them connected via our newsletter. In 2003 it became apparent that the needs of our group went
beyond the dissemination of information. We were formed "so we may walk side by side with others needing lung transplants so they
never have to walk this journey alone."
Members of the Board of Directors are elected for three year terms. Elections to the board are held in June each year. Officers are
selected from the elected Board members. The current Officers and Board Members are:
Kathy Bradshaw - President | Tom Fuller- Vice President | Gary Grev - Treasurer | Lori Kimm - Secretary
Margie Arroyo | Charlie Callahan - Patient Mentor | Laura O'Mara - Communications/Web