Help Hope Live was founded in 1983 by a transplant surgeon and a nurse who wanted to help more patients have access to transplant procedures.
Help Hope Live was started more than 30 years ago in an effort to address the uninsured health care needs of heart transplant patients in the Greater Philadelphia area through community-based fundraising. At the time, insurance companies were often hesitant to cover any costs related to what was then viewed as an experimental procedure. Read the full story
Over the years we have expanded our nonprofit mission to meet the growing demand for our services. Today we are a national nonprofit organization serving solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant candidates, as well as individuals living with catastrophic injuries or illnesses.
Funds raised through Help Hope Live have helped:
over 3,000 patients receive a transplant
restore independence and quality of life for over 1,100 individuals living with a catastrophic injury or illness
cover over $105 million in unmet medical expenses.
Today amidst the long-standing challenges of providing health care to all, it is more important than ever to ensure that organizations like Help Hope Live are here to serve those in need.
In the years ahead we will work to bring our services to more patient populations and position more people to support Help Hope Live to help us expand our reach even further.
With your help we can continue to make a difference.
Make a Difference
Uninsured medical expenses continue to be a major issue for people facing serious health challenges, especially for people who need a transplant or are affected by a catastrophic injury or illness.
Your gift to Help Hope Live helps us provide support to people who need it most in a meaningful and tangible way.
1983 A transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, started Help Hope Live (then known as National Heart Assist and Transplant Fund) to help end-stage heart disease patients in Philadelphia with funding for transplants.
1995 Advances in transplantation and a demand for our services lead us to expand our mission to serve all solid organ, marrow, and stem cell transplant candidates across the U.S.; we changed our name to National Transplant Assistance Fund.
2000 The eagerness of our local community to raise funds to help a teenager who suffered a spinal cord injury inspired us to start a special Catastrophic Injury Program.
2011 We changed our name to Help Hope Live to better reflect what people do each time they give to, volunteer for, support, or recommend our organization – and to allow us to continue to expand the patient populations we serve.
2013 Help Hope Live celebrated 30 years of service and thousands of lives saved; we expanded our mission to serve individuals living with catastrophic illnesses.
2014 Help Hope Live was recognized as the No.1 nonprofit in Philadelphia based on a rating of our financial health, accountability and transparency. Read more
2015 We developed a partnership with the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association to create opportunities for more people to gain access to mobility solutions.
2017 Help Hope Live earned a perfect (100-point) score from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities. Less than 1% of all charities evaluated have earned this exemplary distinction. See Charities with Perfect Scores