Children receive backpacks filled with school supplies

By Lee Stephens….

Knots of Hope creator Priscilla Suzal-Wright poses with backpacks at Transplant Foundation’s fourth annual Back-to-School Bash.

School time can be difficult for parents as they prepare for added expenses to give their children the supplies necessary for academic success.
The affect of these expenses are compounded when you consider that the child is a transplant patient. In order to assist transplant families lessen the burden, the Transplant Foundation organized the fourth annual Back-to-School Bash program. The program kicked off on Sunday, July 25, at the Miami Science Museum where transplant families enjoyed food, music, entertainment and complimentary admission to the museum, all to go alongside a backpack stuffed with school supplies for the year.
“At Transplant Foundation, we recognize the challenges transplant families face with costly bills, so we’re looking to make the upcoming school year a little more carefree for pediatric transplant patients and families,” said Melissa Chediak-Wetzel, director of development for the Transplant Foundation.
“We were so pleased to serve over 20 families at the Back-to-School Bash, and are thankful to our gracious sponsors that we will be able to provide 136 backpacks to transplant families this summer.”
Transplant families enrolled in the program who couldn’t attend the Bash picked up their backpacks at either the Miami Transplant House or the UM Pompano Beach Transplant Clinic.
Transplant Foundation Inc. is a Miami-based 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to assist transplant patients in need, educate the community on the importance of organ donation and fund transplant research.
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