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May 27, 2012 -

'After Transplant, Team Is Up To Do More'

4th Annual CLASSY Awards Achievement
June 13, 2012 -

'Organ Transplant Patients Face Daunting Medical Expenses after Transplantation Surgery'

Welcome to Second Chance at Life -
Benefiting Transplant Patients in Michigan.

Second Chance at Life was founded in 2008 by Shelly Morell, and her mother, lung recipient Carol Mancini. Second Chance at Life is determined to provide financial assistance to transplant patients who are waiting for, receiving, or recovering from a transplant. We aim to fill a need for these services in Michigan, and are supported by a board that includes dedicated individuals working together to improve the quality of life for transplant patients. Second Chance at Life is a 501(c)(3) organization funded by corporations and individuals.  All funds go to support Michigan residents who are transplant candidates, recipients, or living donors.

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Grants to Participating Hospitals:
Since its inception, Second Chance at Life has granted $88,000 to five Michigan participating hospitals' Transplant Emergency Funds and the Michigan Eye-Bank Foundation. The emergency funds were established by the hospitals to assist organ transplant patients with food, lodging, gas, etc. The Michigan Eye-Bank Foundation helps restore vision to patients with financial need.

Grants to Transplant Patients:
During 2013, Second Chance at Life approved grants totaling $28,000.00 to the creditors of individual transplant patients. Since 2008, Second Chance at Life has authorized individual grant requests tallying $96,100.00. By eliminating or reducing financial burdens, transplant patients can focus their energy on living life to the fullest.


Our Motto is to stay Patient Centered and to be Patient Driven

Second Chance at Life provides financial support to transplant patients in Michigan who cannot otherwise afford prescriptions, medical bills, and other necessities during and/or after a transplant. Second Chance at Life also works to increase awareness of the need for individuals to register as organ donors and supports research to improve treatment and care for transplant patients.

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Click the links below for copies of the Federal 501(c)(3) Determination Letter for Tax Exemption, and Form 990 - Short Form Return for the 2012 calendar year.

IRS Determination Letter

Form 990 (2013)
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