What We Do
The Foundation supports its members through the following programs:
- Patient to Patient Relationships
- We support patients in the hospital. All Second Chance hospital visitors are accredited through the Mended Hearts Visitor training program and are members of the M Health Fairview Volunteer program.
- We support patients and caregivers at home. Whether the time before hospitalization for a transplant or implant through time at home afterward while recuperating Second Chance members provide phone support for patients and caregivers
- University of Minnesota Medical Center Heart Transplant and LVAD Support Groups
- Participating in these twice weekly support groups these meetings are facilitated by trained social workers and include patients, caregivers, families, and friends.
- Educational Programs Servicing the Unique Needs of Patients and Families
- Living with a heart transplant or LVAD presents unique challenges. Annual in-person educational seminars are offered and complimented with periodic on-line sessions to support the educational needs of patients and caregivers.
- Financial Assistance Grants to Help During Heart Transplant or LVAD Implant
- SCFLF provides modest financial assistance to help patient families. Needs-based requests are privately vetted and can help with the cost of temporary housing and other unexpected needs that can arise during extended hospitalization and recovery.
- Celebrating our gift of life is an integral part of Second Chance for Life Foundation. We hold periodic celebrations to commemorate key transplant/implant milestones and anniversaries along with honor volunteerism. An annual holiday party, periodic picnics & socials along with our annual golf tournament are held. The golf tournament is also one of our annual largest fundraisers.