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Our Beginnings

In 1983, a Philadelphia transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, started Help Hope Live (then known as National Heart Assist & Transplant Fund) to help end-stage heart disease patients fundraise for the cost of transplants, then considered experimental.

By 1995, advances in transplantation and a demand for our services lead us to expand our mission to serve solid organ, marrow, and cell transplant candidates.

We changed our name to National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF).


Our Evolution

In 2000, a spinal cord injury in our local community inspired us to take on our first Catastrophic Injury Campaign. Over the next decade, we began serving individuals and families impacted by catastrophic injuries and illnesses that affect mobility.

By 2011, we changed our name to Help Hope Live for better inclusion of all our clients and to reflect what people do each time they give to, volunteer for, support, or recommend our organization.

In 2014, Help Hope Live was ranked the No. 1 nonprofit in Philadelphia by Charity Navigator for our top 4-star rating. We continue to be ranked nationally in the top 1% of all charities evaluated.


Our Milestones

In 2018, we celebrated our 35th anniversary and $135 million raised. In 2019, we earned another perfect rating from Charity Navigator, solidifying our efficiency, transparency, fiscal accountability, and commitment to our clients.

Since our founding, funds raised through Help Hope Live have helped:

  • Over 4,300 patients receive a transplant
  • Restore independence and quality of life for over 1,400 individuals living with a catastrophic spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or illness
  • Cover millions of dollars in out-of-pocket medical expenses.


Help Hope Live Now

Early in 2020, the entire world faced a new threat we never saw coming in coronavirus (COVID-19). In March 2020, our nonprofit temporarily pivoted to 100% remote work to continue to bring fundraising support and critical care within reach for our clients. In the process, we saw the immense burdens facing countless families outside of our network.

In April 2020, we expanded our fundraising support to cover individuals and families facing cancer or a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

As we continue to provide caring, secure, and transparent medical fundraising support to thousands, you can help us prove that hope isn’t cancelled. Click here to donate now.