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Raising funds not covered by insurance for Bryson's Lung Transplant in St. Louis so he can return home to Toledo and be a kid again!

3.5 year old Bryson needs a lung transplant. Bryson has fought neuroblastoma since he was 4 months old. He has been clear of cancer for the last 1.5 yrs. He now has permanent lung scarring requiring him to be on continuous oxygen from the chemo he received. He can't run and play anymore, he can't even climb the stairs. He is currently with his parents in St. Louis waiting to be put on the lung transplant list. He along with his parents & little brother live in Toledo, Ohio.

Costs associated w/ a transplant are estimated by COTA (childrens organ transplant association) at $54,000 for a 6 month period. This does not include The Palmer's other expenses for their home in Toledo, utilities, gas for Scott's travel to work & back to STL, and basic needs for Bryson's little brother, Braydon!!!

Bryson and his parents came to St. Louis Children's Hospital June 3 for a three-day evaluation, while his 2yo brother Braydon stayed back in Toledo with friends and family.

The medical team stunned the family, suggesting they remain in St. Louis indefinitely due to the fragility of his current condition (35% lung function). Test results received and accepted, Bryson was placed on the Lung Transplant List Monday, June 11 and now awaits a set of donor lungs (...of O+ blood type for an approx 22# child....).

Bryson's Daddy will return to work in Toledo at the end of this week, leaving Mommy & son in the PICU. We are hopeful his breathing stabilizes to the point that he can be discharged to enjoy life outside the hospital for a while (though on mobile oxygen), visiting fun stuff in St. Louis area, before they get into a Ronald McDonald House apartment near the hospital (there are 8 units, and one family is ahead of them on the waiting list). The RMH apts are not free; they cost $750/month & require a $600 deposit!

While on the transplant list, Bryson must stay in the area so he can get to the hospital immediately should surgeons receive a match for him.

The family has experienced mounting, continuing, and escalating medical expenses with an impending lung transplant to save their son's life.

Please make a donation to help lighten the load for this family in crisis

Thank you for your support as Bryson overcomes yet another obstacle in life!
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