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Family & friends of Dave Bonhoff are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against PSC. Please Show Your Support!

This is written on behalf of Barney & Linda.

February 28th. 2012 Dave, "Barney" was diagnosed with PRIMARY SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS, aka PSC. WOW!! We asked, "What is that and how do we fix it?" Well it is a disease of the liver's bile ducts. These ducts transport bile to the gallbladder and intestines to aid in food digestion. In primary sclerosing cholangitis, your body attacks the bile ducts, causing them to be constantly inflamed (swollen). Over time, the inflamed bile ducts harden and develop scar tissue, which disrupts bile flow, eventually causing liver damage. What causes that, we ask! The exact cause of PSC is unknown. However, the most likely cause appears to be changes in the way the immune system works. When the immune system is working properly, it protects the body from infections caused by foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Sometimes, however, it recognizes certain body parts or organs as foreign. The body then goes to war against itself, damaging the body part it thinks is foreign. Autoimmunity, they call it. The definitive treatment is a liver transplant. We were shocked....totally devastated, to say the least. We went from what we thought was a gallbladder attack to the final diagnosis of a terminal illness. Okay Barney has no insurance at this time, but still searching for some kind of assistance. What is the cost of a liver transplant....answer: It can be as high as $500,000.00 The medications needed after the transplant are approx. $10,000.00 a "month" for a few years. Barney could possibly be in the hospital for months and out of work approx. one year.
That is why this donation page has been set up. We need to all rally together and make this liver transplant happen and take as much of the financial burden off Barney and Linda as we possibly can. Any contribution is greatly appreciated and every dollar makes a BIG difference.
As you can imagine, this unexpected family crisis will also take quite a toll on Linda, emotionally and financially. Linda has not been working at her job long enough to qualify for a family medical leave or even accural any paid time off. Barney will be at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami as Linda remains at home so she can work to keep the home finances in order. She will travel back and forth on weekends until Barney is back home where he belongs!!
Thank you all for your donations, support and most importantly prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one each day.
If you would like to send a personal check, card or note, please feel free and send to:
Dave Bonhoff
40151 Little Farm Road
Punta Gorda, Fla. 33982-7784

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