The Trust For Life’s Judge Charles Satterwhite Recipient Assistance Fund began assisting Kentucky organ transplant patients in 2001. In that time, the fund has been able to assist 418 recipients from 88 different counties around Kentucky with grants totaling nearly $300,000. Recipients have ranged in age from 3 months to 70 years old.
The fund covers the expenses that the family does not have the resources to meet or are not covered by medical insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. We sometimes refer to these expenses as those that have “slipped through the cracks” of our medical safety net.
Referrals for assistance are only accepted from hospital social workers and are kept strictly confidential.
Owen County’s Circuit Court Judge, Charles Satterwhite, was one of the state’s most respected jurists. A victim of cystic fibrosis during his youth, he built a stellar career in the law, becoming Kentucky’s youngest Circuit Court Judge ever. He was a double-lung transplant recipient and a member of the Trust For Life’s Board of Directors until his death in 1998.
Funds for the Satterwhite Fund are raised by a number of fundraising activities, including the Owen County Golf Scramble and the annual Trust For Life 5K, along with grants and contribution from individuals and corporations.