Letter from the Co-Founders:

"Blessed"


We are blessed. No other way to say it - We are blessed. Blessed by the kids and their families we provide support for. Blessed by the amazing people we have met on this journey. Blessed by the growing number of foundations that believe in our mission and provide financial support. Blessed by a Board that shares our passion. Blessed by an army of volunteers. Blessed by the love and support of family and friends. And blessed by a God that continues to let us know that we are doing exactly what He created us to do.


The past 5 years have flown by, many good things have happened but there is so much more work to do. We say this over and over, but it so true - nothing we do could happen without your support. Thank you for joining us on this journey, we can't wait to see what the next 5 years will bring.


Stay healthy, stay safe and stay blessed,

Last week marked the 5-year anniversary of CTI's official "launch"!




Thanks to you...

CTI has provided support to over 145 pediatric transplant families.

Thanks to you...

CTI has provided over $56,000 in financial assistance.

Thanks to you...

CTI has provided over 6,300 nights of hospitality housing,

all at no cost to the guests.

CTI'S NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS

          Meet the newest members of the CTI Board of Directors!

JACKIE BENAVIDES


Jackie is a kidney recipient thanks to her brother and spent several years working at Texas Children's Hospital. Jackie's passion is to educate within the organ donation community. Jackie took over the CTI Social Media presence and hopes to one day lead the CTI Community Outreach effort.

ERIC THIERGOOD


Eric is a partner at The Woodlands office of Kean Miller LLP Law Firm. Eric is a trusted advisor to business leaders throughout The Woodlands and Houston area, and currently serves as Special Councel to one of the top 10 largest energy companies in the world. Eric brings an extensive business background to CTI.

DR. DANIEL RUDERFER


Dan is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Texas Children's Hospital and works closely with the Pediatric Transplant Team. Dan studied at the Technion-Isreal Institute of Technology. Dan brings a wealth of experience and insight to CTI.

ABBY GRAY


Abby is a children's book author and stay-at-home mom to twin toddlers. Her husband Reid is a liver transplant recipient from a direct donor. Abbys book "Clayton Sparks Leaves His Mark" is about Reid's donor and shows children how acts of kindness can make a big difference in the world. Abby also has an extensive background in fundraising.


MEREDITH VELA


Meredith has been working at Texas Children's Hospital for 32 years, mainly as a Social Worker and now works as a Quality of Life Program Coordinator to help enhance the lives of Texas Children's Hospitals renal patients. Meredith brings years of pediatric transplant experience to CTI.

Housing Update


We continue to operate 6 apartments at The Maroneal, less than 1/2 mile from Texas Children's Hospital. We are very excited for our partner in San Antonio, Transplants for Children, as they launched their "Welcome Lodge" pediatric transplant hospitality housing program this year and are currently operating 2 apartments for their families!

Amazon Smile

With so many of us shopping from home these days, please consider shopping for a purpose!  Every time you shop on Amazon using Amazon Smile, CTI receives a small percentage.  Just click the link and save to your phone or computer.  

Every little bit helps a family in need!


Giving Partners

We want to give a sincere thank you to our monthly giving partners. Our CTI families with critically ill children who are in the middle of life saving transplant journeys can't pause or cancel doctor visits or treatments. Your continuous support allows us to provide for these families in need.  If you would like to commit to helping us serve children and their families, please click the link below and sign up to be a monthly giving partner or make a one time donation.

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CTI FAMILIES UPDATE

It's been a busy 6 months in the hospitality housing "R Rooms" program! We have been blessed to have 14 families as our guests during their transplant journey. Our 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments gave these families a place to "Rest, Relax & Recover". 


These are some of the sweet faces we said good-bye to as they headed home to start their "new normal". Heart recipient, Hunter (top L) went home to LA, Liver recipient, Raelyn (top R) went home to MS as did heart patient, Kyleigh (bottom L) and liver recipient, John (bottom R) went home to OK! Always bittersweet to see them go, but blessed to have been a part of their journey.


Thank you to all of you who support our mission to come alongside these families on their transplant journeys!

FUNDRAISERS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

CTI has a couple of great fundraising events coming up in September and October! Mark your calendars and come help support the kids and their families we are blessed to serve!

 "SHUFFLE UP AND HEAL" CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY LONG WAY HOME

BENEFITTING CHILDREN'S TRANSPLANT INITIATIVE


Get your poker face ready!

Come out on September 15th and help support CTI!

Links "Fore" Life Charity Golf Classic

Presented by Hunting Subsea Technologies

Benefitting Children's Transplant Initiative

Monday, October 24th at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club in Spring, TX.

A "Save the Date" notice will be out soon with details!

CLAY SHOOT - SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, April 21st, 2023, at American Shooting Centers, save the date for The Children's Transplant Classic!


We have always held this event in February but wanted to move it to April since it is National Donate Life Month. Also, it is the Friday before the last week of April, which is National Pediatric Transplant Week - what a great way to kick that week off!


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Children's Transplant Initiative

www.cti-tx.org

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