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National Foundation for Transplants to Expand Program Providing Hotel Accommodations to Patient Families

-Roche Donates Hotel Points to Benefit More Transplant Patients and Family


MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) announced today that it will extend free hotel stays to more transplant patients and families in need of accommodations related to pre- and post-transplant care through an expansion of its Home Away From Home program.

The Home Away From Home program is made possible by a sponsorship from Roche which donates accumulated corporate hotel points to the NFT for patients and their families. The program was originally designed to provide free lodging to patients enrolled in the NFT's fundraising assistance program. Through enhanced contributions from Roche, patients unaffiliated with the NFT may now apply for the hotel accommodation through their hospital social workers or other transplant professionals.

"For transplant patients and their families already burdened with high medical costs, paying for hotel accommodations, especially in major metropolitan areas where most transplant hospitals are located, can be a hardship," said Jackie Hancock, Jr., president of the NFT. "Thanks to expanded support from Roche this year, we can now offer more patients in need of life- saving transplants essential support services."

The NFT and Roche partnered in 2004 to start the Home Away From Home program based on research which revealed that many transplant candidates and recipients do not have adequate -- or any -- health insurance coverage or personal savings to pay for the costs associated with a transplant.

Since its inception, more than one million points have been donated by Roche, helping more than 100 transplant patients and their families receive free lodging. As a result of the expansion, the NFT anticipates serving more than 100 patients in 2007 alone.

About the Home Away From Home Program

Roche donates corporate frequent-stay points from three of the nation's leading hotel chains that are accumulated by the company and its employees when corporate functions are hosted at these properties. The points are then redeemed and donated to the NFT and made available to transplant patients for free accommodations.

Additionally, this year, Roche will begin contributing phone cards to help offset some of the added expenses patients incur as a result of traveling.

"Through our partnership with the NFT and the Home Away From Home program, Roche is continuing its commitment to enhancing the well-being of patients," said Ellen Lambert, director, Corporate Relations and Contributions at Roche. "By relieving families of added expenses associated with transplant operations, like hotel expenses, we want to enable transplant patients to focus on regaining their health which is an essential element of their pre and post-operative care."

Transplant centers or hospital social workers interested in learning more information about the Home Away From Home program can call the NFT toll-free number, 1-800-489-3863 or visit

About the National Foundation for Transplants

NFT is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Memphis, TN which provides patient advocacy, support services and financial assistance to organ and tissue transplant candidates and recipients. Founded in 1983, NFT currently assists approximately 650 transplant patients nationwide who face financial obstacles to their medical treatment and care. In 2006, NFT paid out over $2.4 million for patient transplant needs.

About Roche

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (Roche), based in Nutley, N.J., is the U.S. pharmaceuticals headquarters of the Roche Group, one of the world's leading research-oriented healthcare groups with core businesses in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. For more than 100 years in the U.S., Roche has been committed to developing innovative products and services that address prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, thus enhancing people's health and quality of life. An employer of choice, in 2006, Roche was named one of the Top 20 Employers (Science magazine), ranked the No. 1 Company to Sell For (Selling Power), and one of AARP's Top Companies for Older Workers, and in 2005, Roche was named one of Fortune magazine's Best Companies to Work For in America. For additional information about the U.S. pharmaceuticals business, visit our websites: or

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