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National Foundation for Transplants to Expand Program Providing Hotel Accommodations to Patient Families
Date:10/15/2007

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

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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.

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