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URGENT: The Waggoner Family Needs Your Support!

Dear Friends,

It's a beautiful day! I bet you have wonderful plans. I would like to be eating a hot dog at the local ball park and taking the grandkids to meet their favorite ball player, but I need a double-lung transplant to do those things.

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

We can no longer fight this life-threatening illness alone. My family and I are now reaching out to you, across the globe, for hope, help and support,

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

Copd is a combination of illnesses most commonly referred to as Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, and Asthma. I have Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. If you've ever had Bronchitis or Pneumonia, then you know how difficult it is to breathe, but with the PAH death is always just a breath away.

My breathing has become so bad that I am forced to confinement at home, in a small room, in the back. The room is just slightly larger than 8 x 8. I have a bed and a computer in my room and a small TV that is broken. The rest of the room is filled with medical equipment I need to stay alive.

Imagine not breathing well enough to walk in the park on a sunny day, or enjoy catching snow flakes on your tongue, or a dance with your only son at his wedding. The mother/son dance has become a distant dream now.

 I'm unable to travel to a grandchild's soccer game, or ballet class. I can no longer walk the sidewalk in winter to take in all the sights and smells of Cedar and Pine trees for Christmas, or make cookies for my loved ones. It is impossible to swing on the porch, or sit outside and enjoy the evening sunset.

All the little things are now huge mountains that will forever remain unclimbed, unless you help me conquer those mountains, with your gift in any amount.

Not being able to breathe takes so much away from people and the friends and families that love them. These illnesses have affected every aspect of our lives and the lives of those that I love.

I often have a "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) just so I can continue to breath.

I've had several collapsed lungs and respiratory failures. I'm grateful to the Doctors that have saved me many times.

I'm sure some of you know what it's like to be intubated and stuck in ICU, and agree that it's no way for anyone to live. A new pair of lungs would prevent the numerous trips to the ER at all hours of the day and night to ask for help breathing.

The Pulmonary Hypertension has forced me to become completely dependent on oxygen and a ventilator to breathe. These machines are electricity-dependent life-support machines, that I have to use 24 hours a day, non-stop. Imagine my fear during a storm with an electrical outage.

Without a battery backup, I will die. If the battery discharges before the electricity is back on, I will die. I need a lung transplant so I do not have to live in fear every day.

The family has exhausted all assets to pay for medications, doctor visits, supplies and equipment that I need to survive on a daily basis. Medicaid/Medicare Insurance does not pay for everything, and out of pocket costs keep increasing.

Insurance will not cover the full cost of a double-lung transplant surgery. Hospital bills, copays, and other cost associated with these medical problems have depleted our savings.

My husband has had to quit work to stay home and care for me. We are surviving on my SSI and Food Benefits, until I can get the transplant and go back to work as a Medical Administrative Assistant and help others that are sick.

Your support is my ONLY HOPE for a double lung transplant, that will save my life, give me more time with my family, let me go back to work, and let me dance with my only son at his wedding.

With your help we can make it through the transplant and at the same time continue to pay for all the medical equipment, supplies and medications that will be needed.

This is why we are fundraising, to help with the costs of the transplant which is said to be over a million dollars. We desperately need your help.

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. If you can't afford a gift now, that's ok too. You can always come back later, at any time and contribute. Small amounts add up, and every little bit makes a huge difference.  Small or large, prayers are always welcome. 

Gratefully

-The Waggoner Family

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