CCF Supports The Transplant Forum

April 24, 2022

The Transplant Forum at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for transplantation research across all organ disciplines. As a committed group of scientists, clinicians, patients and families, the internationally renowned Transplant Forum works collaboratively to support research focused on improving outcomes and quality of life for solid organ transplant patients. 

One Carrington Associate who has a deeply personal connection to The Transplant Forum is Andrew Taffet, Chief Investment Officer for The Carrington Companies. In 2010, Andrew’s brother, Scott, after years of battling the debilitating symptoms of cystic fibrosis, received a double lung transplant at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

“Scott is a practicing lawyer with a wife and two young kids; and before the transplant there were times where he couldn't walk from a parking lot to a restaurant without real aid,” said Andrew. “His lung transplant obviously saved his life.” 

After 12 years, Scott is doing well, and on May 7 he and his wife, Stacy, together with Andrew and his wife, Jamie, are sponsoring the 2022 event Night at Captain Lawrence to Support the Transplant Forum – as well as assisting with contacting potential donors, event attendees and helping with the silent auction. In addition, a donation from CCF will more than cover the event’s expenses, ensuring the funds raised that evening can be allocated directly to research in every organ area, as well as supporting advances in translational immunology. 

“We don’t always think about it, but people should know that checking the organ donor box on the back of their driver’s license can help save lives,” said Andrew. “My brother is doing well after his transplant. From a personal standpoint, after having seen a family member who benefitted from a life-saving organ donation, agreeing to be a potential organ donor is a no brainer.”