Meet our founders. Each received a life-saving lung transplant at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. All experienced the very real chance of dying on a waiting list, and faced serious post-surgery obstacles–including the ongoing threat of organ rejection and infection, and the side effects of immunosuppressant medications.
Today, they are committed to raising money for research that will help others avoid these types of hardships. The team is advised by some of the best and brightest experts in the field– all of whom are dedicated to helping us achieve the goal of a better life for patients with advanced lung disease.
“We’re not stopping until rejection and infection are a thing of the past and everyone who needs a lung transplant gets one. Then we can breathe easy.”
Board of Directors
Meet the patients and caregivers who infuse our organization with a never-ending supply of energy, hope and inspiration.
Victor FINKFOUNDER; Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis | Transplanted 2012
Kassy KEBEDEFOUNDER; Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis | Transplanted 2012
Jerry CAHILLCystic Fibrosis | Transplanted 2012
Debbie COHENPulmonary Hypertension | Transplanted 2016
Scott TAFFETCystic Fibrosis | Transplanted 2010
Nilani RAVICHANDRANFNP-BC; AVP of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Services
Board of Advisors
Meet the dedicated professionals who support our vision and goal with thoughtful advice and heartfelt determination.
Joshua SONETTMD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery, CUMC
Selim ARCASOYMD, MPH, Medical Director of Lung Transplant Program, CUMC
Want to get in touch with us?
Meet our dedicated Executive Director and the
person who can answer all your questions.
Please feel free to contact Alice at 917-999-6534.
Alice BEMANDExecutive Director | 917-999-6534
“Funding current research is critical to improving outcomes.”