second breath - lung transplant assistance






What is Second Breath?

This program is designed to financially support people who are going through a lung transplant at the University of Alberta Hospital.

Why is the program so valuable?

It can be incredibly costly to go through a lung transplant.  It not only affects the patient, but a loved one as well.  A caregiver is required to be present during the entire lung transplant process.  As a result, both parties may not only be faced with a loss of income, but they can incur numerous costs towards:

  • food
  • accommodation
  • fuel

How does it work?

Patients undergoing a lung transplant can be eligible to receive a $1,000 Lung Transplant Assistance Gift Basket.  The basket may include gift certificates towards the necessities, including parking, fuel, food and accommodation.  It may also include important medical equipment, such as:

  • blood pressure cuffs
  • microspirometer
  • weigh scale
  • digital thermometer

The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT (TLA) works closely with a social worker from the University of Alberta Transplant Program who selects the recipients who are the most in need.


Other resources

Having a lung transplant can be overwhelming.  TLA has compiled a Lung Transplant Handbook to answer some of the many questions you may have.


Lotsa Helping Hands


How can you help?

Currently, The Lung Transplant Assistance Program provides $1,000 for the necessities of life.  With your generous support we can increase this funding and provide more extensive support to lung transplant patients and their loved ones.

A special thanks...

TLA is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Community Spirit Donation Grant.  A portion of this grant will go towards the Program.  We extend a sincere thank you to Alberta Culture & Community Spirit for their generous support.

We would also like to thank:

  • Masonic Foundation of Alberta, Balmoral Lodge #185 - St. Albert
  • Baskets in the Park
  • Creative Packaging
  • Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund
  • Cosmopolitan Club International of Edmonton
  • Fort Edmonton Kin Club