live / 2016

The Transplant Journey

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Ava's Heart

Help Ava’s Heart create a Ronald MacDonald-type house for Transplant patients. You cannot get listed unless you have 3 months of post transplant housing close to hospitals; Cedars, UCLA & Keck


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Relational Medicine Foundation

Please describe your project proposal.

We are looking for funds to launch our capital campaign, our Goal is to raise $26 million for renovation and improvements and capital needs to have an actual site to house transplant patients near the three world premier hospitals that provide transplants in Los Angeles California. Transplant patients who cannot afford the required temporary housing find Ava’s Heart through word of mouth or are referred by their transplant teams.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Housing affordability
  • Healthcare access
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Residents receiving coordinated healthcare services

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

Ava’s Heart plans to build a strong Capital Campaig to raise the necessary funds to build a Healing House for patient’s pre and post-transplant. There will be wonderful opportunities for volunteer engagement. Foundations and Corporations can adopt rooms and name them, through sponsorship, as well as, donating products in-kind, such as equipment needs, electrical etc. People come from all over California as well as the United States to Los Angeles where we have the best transplant centers in the world with the most advanced treatment and care. Yet many find themselves unable to get listed because they cannot afford both pre and post transplant housing. Southern California does more transplants than any other center in the United States. We need to create a safe living facility where people can heal. Cities like Philadelphia, have a healing house for transplant patients that serves their transplant centers. Los Angeles should be number one in providing this facility.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Currently we are able to assist 20 patients annually, however we have to turn away twice that many. The Ava’s Heart Healing House will be able to help every transplant patient in need of assistance. Many patients relocate to Los Angeles to continue their care. Our facility will a safe, secure and provide many needs to our patients who otherwise would struggle to pay for them. Success is the opening of the Ava’s Heart Healing House.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support