Transplant Unwrapped is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to ensure every patient, caregiver, and member of the intestinal disease community feels well-educated and supported throughout their journey with intestinal failure, intestinal rehabilitation, and intestinal and multivisceral transplantation.
Transplant Unwrapped envisions a community where every intestinal failure, intestinal rehabilitation, and intestinal and multivisceral transplantation patient and caregiver feels well- educated and supported through their harrowing medical journey.
Transplant Unwrapped hopes that, through the use of quality educational materials, there will be a greater understanding of the intestinal patient and caregiver population, leading to improved patient care, and clinician-provider relationships.
Transplant Unwrapped started with the vision of our founder, Kayla Pfab, who saw a gap of knowledge in the medical field when it came to intestinal and multivisceral transplantation. Kayla received her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and had been pursuing her Master’s in Physician Assistant studies when she became too ill to complete her degree. Kayla underwent an isolated intestinal transplant in 2015, and after chronically rejecting the organ, underwent a modified multivisceral transplant in 2019. To learn more about the types of transplant visit this page.
When she entered the intestinal and multivisceral transplant world, she realized that it was a completely different subset of medicine, one that her prior education had not prepared her for. As she left the comfort of her transplant center and went back to her doctors in her everyday setting, she realized that they were not educated on intestinal and multivisceral transplantation and they did not feel comfortable taking care of her as a patient. This made it difficult to find appropriate care. After talking with many healthcare professionals and other transplant patients, it became obvious to Kayla that there was not a thorough and objective educational resource on intestinal transplantation nor was there one place where the intestinal community could join together to help advance awareness and knowledge about tthis uncommon procedure. With all of this information in mind and Kayla's strong belief that 'Knowledge is Power," Transplant Unwrapped was born.
President and Founder: Kayla Pfab (pictured with Michele Pfab)
Vice President: Bethany Johnson
Secretary: Julia Wright
Treasurer: Kacy Barron
Director of Communications and Marketing: Ella
Director of Community Outreach
Director Ambassador Program: Melinda
Director of Educational Content: Hannah Cawoski
Director of Patient Experience: Molly Banville
Director of Organizational Development: Joan
Karina, Post-Transplant Caregiver
"We are grateful to have Transplant Unwrapped because it
is a nonprofit that educates clinicians, specialists, parents,
patients and is a one stop shop for all the information that
you would need when you go through the transplant
Melissa, Post-Transplant Patient
"I don’t know that I would have been able to do it
(transplant) if I had not had the support system that I do
have, that I had then, and that I have now."
Ramona, Post-Transplant Patient
Its so easy, all you got to do is turn on your tablet, turn on your phone, wah law! You are going to have all the support and education that is going to be readily available to you.