Lungs for Donnie
Organized by: Lungs for Donnie
Can you take your life and convert it into a number?
In 2012, Donnie Brown was diagnosed with Systemic Scleraderma, an auto immune disease that causes collagen build up throughout the body. The disease has progressed from limited cutaneous (causing thickening skin on the hands, feet and face) to diffuse cutaneous, which is now deeply affecting Donnie's heart and lungs.
There is no cure for Systemic Scleraderma and the only treatment available to Donnie is a transplant. In order to live, Donnie needs a new heart and two new lungs.
Before his diagnosis, Donnie and his wife, Tanya, owned a successful construction business. Their sole source of income and retirment had to be sold when Donnie could no longer keep up the demands. The disease keeps him weak and out of breath and that means that he relies heavily on Tanya for help with every day tasks.
Donnie and Tanya desperately want to keep things as "normal" as possible for their two youngest daughters, ages 13 and 10. (Eldest daughter Paislee is a huge part of the Brown family, but she is married and self-sufficient!) They've sold belongings, made drastic lifestyle changes and have humbly asked for help from their community -- all in an effort to stay in their home and allow Delanie and Makenzi to remain at their schools, hoping to maintain a modicum of stability while they watch their father get sicker and sicker.
A new heart and two new lungs can cost upward of $1,148,000.00 That's a lot of money in almost anyone's (bank book). They do have insurance but it will not cover the transplant and post-transplant 100%
We are looking to raise $75,000 to help offset some of their financial responsibility as well as day to day living.
But what if we divided up the cost?
Maybe two people could each give $37,500? Or four people could each give $18,750? What if 100 people each donate $750?
But what if this message reached 7,500 people, each willing to give $10?
Donnie would have a new heart and new lungs and his life would be saved...that's what.
One heart, two lungs