Ann Bishop via Crowdrise
January 13, 2011
BENEFITING: National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.
After a lifesaving bone marrow transplant in 2003, Jason began having breathing complications. A year later, he was shocked to be diagnosed with graft versus host disease, a life-threatening illness that causes scarring of lung tissue. Also known as bronchiolitis obliterans disease, the illness was caused by complications from his transplant. His condition has continued to worsen, and now he relies on an oxygen tank for every breath. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is his only hope for a second chance at life, and he was added to the transplant waiting list in November.
Jason and his wife, Bridget, are enthusiastic animal lovers and enjoy spending time with their four dogs. He was once an avid runner and infatuated with exercise, also loving artwork and going to movies. Sadly, his illness has not allowed him to participate in many of his favorite activities.
Although he has faced many challenges, he is thankful for his previous transplant and recently celebrated seven years of his new life. After 10 years of fighting various illnesses, Jason longs for the day when he will finally have more energy to enjoy life fully. He is eager to leave his oxygen tank behind and laugh without feeling breathless. But he needs your help.
A double-lung transplant costs approximately $650,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health coverage, Jason faces considerable medical expenses related to his transplant. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The cost of post-transplant medications can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month--and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Jason's condition does not allow him to work, adding to his financial strain.