Executive Director, Help Hope Live
At first, when Kelly Green’s mother needed a kidney transplant, the odds were against her. The family sought out surgery through Johns Hopkins, but the copays and deductibles were more than they could afford. “We knew we didn’t have the kind of money we needed to make this happen,” recalls Green.
Eventually, Green was referred to the Radnor-based Help Hope Live, and her mother received an incompatible transplant, living six more years. “It basically saved my mom’s life,” she says.
Years later, on her mom’s birthday, Green saw a notice that Help Hope Live was seeking an executive director. She was offered the job on the anniversary of her mom’s passing. “I’ve been a CEO and an executive director [at other companies], but it’s never been this personal,” Green says. “It’s a very different perspective when you’ve been a client.”
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the national nonprofit facilitates fundraising by allowing people to make tax-deductible donations to a person’s healthcare costs. The organization then pays all the bills directly. Since its founding, Help Hope Live has raised over $131 million to “address the need that’s not covered by healthcare,” says Green. “I wish we were obsolete, but we’re not.”