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Come to Second Wind’s Trivia Night

Second Wind St. Louis Trivia NightCome join us and support Second Wind St. Louis for a wonderful night of trivia with MC and master St. Louis trivia guy, Dan Dillon. All proceeds benefit the Second Wind Assistance Fund. We need everyone there, so please come on out.

Saturday, May 19th, 2018, 6 to 10PM
The Grand Hall at Local 36
Sheet Metal Workers Training School

2319 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
$200 for a Table of Eight, or $25 per person
First question at 7PM

Click here to sign up.


Second Wind is Looking for a Few Good People

Second Wind is looking for a few good-hearted people for our Board, particularly a Treasurer and a Secretary. If you would like to make a difference in someone’s life who is going through lung transplantation, we want you. If you think you would be interested in helping us, please contact Ken Schanz at (314) 320-4400‬ or by email at

Become a Member of Second Wind St. Louis

Become a member of Second Wind St. Louis. We need your participation and your support. It’s easy and your support will mean so much to so many.

Members of Second Wind St. Louis Transplant Association receive our newsletter, have voting privileges at all business meetings, receive E-mail updates on breaking transplant news as well as information on local education and awareness events, and a whole lot more.

Becoming a member is only $25.00 per year and is tax deductible. Click here to learn more about becoming a member of Second Wind St. Louis.

Second Wind St. Louis Welcomes Ken Schanz as our New President

We would like to announce that Ken Schanz is Second Wind St. Louis’ new president. We would like you to join us in welcoming Ken in his new role as our president. He has been a board member for 3 years and has been a caretaker for over 16 years. He is very enthusiastic and has a lot of good energy. We think he will do a wonderful job as Second Wind’s new president and be committed to Second Wind’s mission of helping those going through lung transplantation.

We would like to thank Tom Archer for his enormous contribution to Second Wind through the years. Tom has been our president since 2002 and has devoted countless hours to helping people through lung transplantation. The Second Wind Lung Transplant Association of St. Louis, and the lung transplant community as a whole, owe Tom a huge debt of gratitude for the kindness, effort and energy he has put into helping the lung transplant community through our association. As President Emeritus, Tom will continue to advise Second Wind in the coming months.

Goodbye from Tom Archer

Dear Members of My Family, Friends, Colleagues, Second Wind of St. Louis Members, and Second Wind of St. Louis Community Partners:

You may already be aware from the Second Wind Web site and Face Book page; I am not going to continue my service as president of Second Wind of St. Louis.

I am proud of my service to Second Wind of St. Louis as its president for the past 15 years. I am proud that my service was done out of duty, commitment, honesty and vision. I had the distinct pleasure of serving with wonderful talented individuals who are part of the lung transplant community and with our community partners.

The Second Wind Financial Assistance Fund is one my favorite projects and accomplishments. I served as the chairperson of the initial committee whose purpose was to study and create a way of helping lung transplant patients and their families. The fruit of our devoted work together has served the membership for many years. I served as the Coordinator of this fund for 15 years.

The Second Wind Lung Walk serves as the financial arm of this fund. It is an amazing event involving hard working planning committees and volunteers and is always a gathering of friends who came together to accomplish a goal of helping those in need. The Lung Walk – Every Breath Counts is my second favorite Second Wind of St. Louis accomplishment.

Over the years, I had the humble pleasure of speaking to patients and families who had just been thrust into the transplant world and were full of questions. I was honored to share in their journeys and walk with them through the challenges and joys of lung transplantation. I made many life-long friends and have helped to send many into the next life which is always a bitter sweet experience.

There are shining stars in the history of the Second Wind of St. Louis Board of Directors who have been a complete delight to work with and who I call my friends. I am not listing them in any particular order. I am aware that I more than likely regretfully have omitted someone.

President Ted Tunison, Secretary Linda Brandenburger, Board Memeber Gary Brandenburger, Committee Chair Gary Porte’, Treasurer Betty Wallace, Secretary Annette Carr, Treasurer Linda Nottestad, Board Member Bethany Sprague, Members Scott and Traci Snyder, Vice President Michelle Bass-Williams, Board Member and Legal Counsel, Joshua Stegeman, Newsletter Columnist Jan Kwasigroh,

A debt of personal gratitude to Dr. Ramsey Hachem who has served as our Medical Advisor for 15 years.

I express the gratitude of all Lung Transplant Patients to our Nurse Coordinators over the years who keep us connected and healthy.

Our community partners who have been supportive for 14 years are: Chris Saracino and Chris’ Pancake and Dining for providing us with a place to meet and food for the lung walk, Schwartzkopf Printing who printed the Lung Walk Commemorative T-Shirt each year for the Lung Walk, and Epiphany Boy Scouts who have assisted with set up at the Lung Walk and provided tables and chairs and other items for the Lung Walk,

I would also like to highlight Patrick and Joy Williamson who offered me unending support and friendship. They were doing Second Wind work at Barnes-Jewish hospital before Second Wind came into existence. They also gave the Assistance Fund a solid financial footing by matching every dollar raised by the Lung Walk for the first three consecutive years in the early days.

On Sunday, January 14, 2017 Board Member Kenneth Schanz was elected by the other members of the board to a one three-year term as the new president of Second Wind of St. Louis. I wish Ken as much joy as I received volunteering in this position. You can contact Ken by telephone at 314 320 4400 or by email at

I was asked if I wanted to have an event to announce my leave taking from the board to which I said no thanks. I invite you instead, to make a tribute contribution in my honor to Second Wind of St. Louis’ general fund. Contributions will help the association to continue its important work.

Tribute contributions may be made in my honor from the Second Wind of St. Louis web site by clicking here:…/donate-to-second-wind/

As always, to the many friends I have made thru this experience, you may stay in touch with me at the following address, 3440 Halliday Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118. Or via email:

It has been rewarding serving Second Wind of St. Louis and its members.

Tom Archer
President Emeritus

Second Wind’s Lung Walk is so vitally
important to so many people.

It may not be the biggest, or the most famous event in St. Louis, but it’s likely has the most miracles in one place at one time that you will ever witness! The Lung Walk brings lung transplant recipients, those awaiting transplant, their families, friends, neighbors and community partners together. This annual 5K run/walk is the primary fundraiser for the Second Wind Assistance Fund which provides financial aid to patients and families of pre and post lung transplant patients from Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals.

Several hundred Second Wind supporters, a substantial number of whom are walking miracles – lung transplant recipients – come together to walk, run, ride in wagons or strollers, or just hang out under the tents in Forest Park after soliciting sponsors to raise money and awareness for the Assistance Fund.

A little background: Unlike many other organ transplants, lungs require the patient to be in a regimen of physical rehabilitation before the transplant can even take place. To be in the transplant program requires that the patient must be living near the transplant hospital to participate in the mandated rehab program and other testing requirements. Since there are relatively few programs with the high level of transplant competency of these two hospitals, most patients must move to St. Louis from other parts of the country.

That in itself wouldn’t be a burden were it not that, for the vast majority, there is a family, house and living expenses that go on back home while the patient and a caregiver are living here – doubling the costs by having to maintain two households. Rarely are those who aren’t juggling these double expenses in any better financial shape. Those on the transplant waiting list are often on disability assistance and their fixed incomes don’t stretch far.

The funds raised at the Lung Walk are used help defray the financial burdens that might otherwise keep a patient from being able to stay in the transplant program. Help with rent, transportation costs, utilities, medications (oh, the list of medications…) and a myriad of other expenses are what the Second Wind Assistance Fund can provide for our fellow transplant families in need.

Many of the Assistance Fund’s biggest fundraisers are the lung transplant patients themselves. They know the costs, the worry, the toll that working through the transplant experience involves. But they can’t do it alone – we need the help of our friends and the entire community to make more miracles possible!

Please join in the effort to support lung transplant patients by becoming a Lung Walk participant, or email Second Wind President Ken Schanz to become a sponsor or volunteer. Of course we welcome donations to the Assistance Fund throughout the year as well. Click here to make a contribution.

7 things any person receiving a lung transplant needs to know.

1. Be informed. Learn everything you can. The only way you can make an informed decision on having a lung transplant and to know what to expect after is to have all the information you can. Second Wind can not provide medical advise, but we can help point you in the right direction.

2. Meet some lung transplant survivors. It’s great to have some points of view from those who have gone through a lung transplant. Doctors can give you medical advice. But personal experience can be very helpful as well.

3. Keep your family and friends close. Having a lung transplant is difficult at best, and having a good support group is crucial. Be sure to give them lots of love and appreciate their kindness. Your closest friends and family will be more important to you than ever.

4. Prepare for your lung transplant. Eat the right foods and do everything in your power to be as healthy as possible before your procedure.

5. Exercise. Do what you can before and after to stay healthy. Most often transplant recipients are given a regime of what they can and can not do. It’s important to work through this regimen. In time, it will pay off well for you.

6. Plan for after your lung transplant. As simple as it sounds, think ahead. Allow yourself time to heal. Don’t force it. Don’t plan anything too strenuous. When you heal, you’ll be able to do many things you couldn’t before your lung transplant, but be patient.

7. Keep a good attitude. It may not be easy, but it’s important to be positive. It will certainly help your outcome.