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Donate what you can for a life saving lung transplant for Patrick McGowan.

Patrick McGowan is a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Patrick is fighting for his life! In 2008, a CT scan showed scarring on his lungs, and he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. His condition has been stable, but things recently took a turn for the worse. Doctors now say a lung transplant is critical to his survival, and he was added to the active transplant waiting list in June.

Despite his health challenges, Patrick feels like the luckiest man in the world because of his amazing, supportive family. He and his wife, Paula, have three children — Lisa, Seth, and Danny. They also have three grandchildren — Laura, Scott, and Sarah. He dreams of being active in their lives once again, as well as in the lives of his future grandchildren.
Before his illness worsened, Patrick acted in television, films, and on the New York stage. He played tennis regularly, and swam for exercise. Now, unfortunately, he can only enjoy movies on television, and his exercise is limited to short walks while using oxygen. After acting for the past 12 years, he misses the joy it gave him. He looks forward to getting back on stage, as well as spending many happy, healthy years enjoying his family after receiving a transplant.

Unfortunately, Patrick’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price. The average lung transplant costs approximately $550,000 — and that’s only the beginning. Even with adequate health insurance, he faces insurmountable expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very costly, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

Imagine if your life, or the life of someone you love depended on the compassion and generosity of others.

The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve Patrick’s growing burden of expenses. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with fundraising support for 29 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable NFT to provide Patrick with the financial support he desperately needs.
You can help in the following ways:

Send a tax-deductible donation via check or credit card. Please make your check payable to NFT New Jersey Transplant Fund. Remember to write “in honor of Patrick McGowan” on the memo line.
to make a secure online donation. Click Find an NFT Patient and search for Patrick McGowan.

If you have any questions about NFT, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.

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