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URGENT: The Waggoner Family Needs Your Support!

Dear Friends,

My doctors have told my family and I that a double-lung transplant will save my life. but we can't afford the cost of the transplant alone and insurance will not cover all that is needed. 

Because we can no longer maintain our fight against these life-threatening illnesses alone, my family and I are now forced to reach out across the globe for hope, help and support,

I suffer from a rare, debilitating lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), and also COPD, with cor Pulmonal (Right-Sided Heart Failure).

Copd is a combination of several illnesses. Mine is called Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysemia. If you've ever had Bronchitis or pneumonia, then you know how difficult it is to breathe, but with the PAH it's life threatening for me.

My breathing is becoming such that I am now forced to confinement in a small room in the back of my home. The room is just slightly larger than a prison cell.

I'm unable to participate in walking to the mailbox, or taking a shower, perhaps just moving from the bed to a chair are practically impossible for me. 

I can no longer walk in the park, dance with my son at his wedding, or travel to watch a grandchild's soccer game, or ballet class. I can no longer shop for Christmas gifts or make cookies, or just swing on the porch and enjoy the evening sunset.

These illnesses have affected every aspect of my life and the lives of those that I love.

I often have "flare up" of my symptoms, called an exacerbation that sends me to the ER where the doctors paralyze me, and put a tube down my throat (called intubation) so I can continue to breath.

I'm sure some of you know what that's like, and agree that it's no way for anyone to live. It does allow me to continue being with my family though, until I can get the lungs that will make the need for intubation unnecessary.

The Pulmonary Hypertension has forced me to become completely dependent on oxygen and a ventilator to breathe and I have to use these electricity-dependent life-support machines, 24 hours a day, non-stop.

Your support is my only HOPE for a double lung transplant that will save my life, and give me more time with my precious family, and allow me to dance with my son at his wedding, like many mothers hope to do.

Insurance will not cover the full cost and paying hospital bills, copays, and other cost have depleted our savings. But with your help we can make it to the transplant and pay for all the medical needs and medications. This is why we are fundraising, to help with the costs of the transplant at over a million dollars. We simply cannot afford that much money to keep me alive and we need your help to do so.

We want to thank you for taking the time to read our story and if you can leave a little something to help us, it would mean a great deal.  

-The Waggoner Family

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