The Founding of Transplants for Children

Sharon & Eric Sutton’s story, From Tragedy to Triumph, TFC Gives Hope to Families

Transplants for Children was founded in 1986 by Sharon and Eric Sutton in memory of their son Richard, who sadly passed away during his own transplant journey. Following their own difficult experience in securing a liver transplant for their son, they discovered that organ transplant surgery consists of its own unique set of circumstances that is unlike other health-related situations. They found that a lack of resources and support existed for transplant recipients and their families.

When they lost their son after his surgery, Sharon and Eric wanted to honor his memory. They wanted to ensure that other transplant families had a safe place to call their own. They envisioned a support system that could fully understand the short- and long-term challenges of transplantation.

That was more than 30 years ago. Today, TFC serves an average of 450 families a year in Bexar County and 75+ surrounding counties. More than 50% of our client families are low-income families.

In 2016, Sharon was named TFC’s Executive Director. She now lends her experience and passion to TFC, advocating on behalf of the children and their families.