Edward's Journey Towards A New Beginning
Organized by: Breanna Daugherty
If you know me, you would know that I'm not one to reach out for help. With that being said, this is the only way to save my best friends life. His name is Edward Allen Hanson. He is my grandpa. As a child, I couldn't say the word grandpa so I refered to him as "Buddha." Ed needs a new set of lungs. Without this, he basically has a little less than a year left. This is basically our life line. We are striving for a Lung Transplant at the Transplant Center in Orlando. It would take anywhere from 24 hours to 10 days to get his new pair of lungs. He has over 20 tests, scans, and ultrasounds that still needs to be done, until he is officially able to be qualified as a transplant patient, but we know it can, and will be done! With everything going on in life, without him there would be no purpose, for me and everyone that knows him. His bright personality never fails to brighten up the room. Growing up, he's taught me more about life than my own parents have. He taught me how to love, how to be loved, and to always follow my dreams. I love my family more than anything, but this man holds a special place in my heart. No man will ever be able to replace the memories that I've been ever so blessed to share with him. Good or bad, he is the first person I think of calling, to share my news with. I have watched him struggle ever since we moved down to Florida, about 7 years ago. He has been a smoker for over 50 years. He has end stage emphysema along with COPD. The whole lung transplant process could be done and over with by the beginning of July. He was recently rushed to the Orlando Hospital due to his inability to breathe. He had a life threatening Aortic Valve surgery, that needed to be surgically repaired. He came out on top (like we knew he would), but this lung transplant is going to change our lives drastically. Every donation is appreciated. He was quoted $325,000 plus for the whole surgery. We may not have enough to reach our end goal, but every dollar will make a tremendous difference.