Ways We Help

Our Mission

The Second Wind Lung Transplant Association of St. Louis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of life for lung transplant recipients, lung surgery candidates, people with related pulmonary concerns and their families by providing support, advocacy, education, information and guidance through a spirit of service.


Second Wind helps lung tranplantees
in many ways.


There are many needs that extend far beyond medical needs that some have who go through such an invasive procedure. We provide support aimed at helping those waiting for lung transplants and their families. Sometimes there is a need for assistance with emotional coping, as well coping with the reality of the patient’s disease, while waiting for lung transplant and the actual process of lung transplantation.


We pursue the Association’s mission through advocacy aimed at raising organ donation and lung transplant awareness through programs and information; raising awareness and support for vital issues that will advance the care and treatment of those waiting for transplantation.


We pursue the Association’s mission through education aimed at providing a central, timely source of information related to organ donation, pre lung transplant issues, transplantation and living healthy after transplant.


We pursue the Association’s mission through the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information aimed at empowering lung transplant patients and their families to take positive steps to keeping their new organs healthy.


We pursue the Association’s mission through providing guidance aimed at directing transplant patients and their families to quality printed resources, programs and services that ensure the family stays happy and healthy and seeks help when they need it.

The St. Louis Chapter has been in existence since January 10, 1996. We actively pursue the Chapter’s mission through various programs, activities and events.

Programs, Services and Events

Sunday Socials: gathering of pre- and post-transplant patients and families every month

Newsletter: monthly in email format and hard copy for those without email

Financial Assistance Fund: provides financial help with housing, medications, travel etc.

Lung Walk: 5K race and walk and 1M fun walk fundraiser for the Assistance Fund

Online Store: Sells T-shirts and other items that build awareness for organ donation and lung transplantation

Second Wind Quilt Project: lung recipients make quilt blocks commemorating their gift of new life