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Dear Family and Friends,
Breathing is something we all take for granted – I know I always have. Until last October, that is, when I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease. People always think ‘This can’t happen to me,’ but it did happen to me. All of a sudden, you realize that your legs have given out and you can’t even take a step. Your heart is beating so fast, but you don’t know why.
Now, after a year of being in and out of the hospital, my doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL have told me that my only chance for survival is a life-saving lung transplant. I am on oxygen 24/7 and I was forced to quit my job because I am too sick to work. Although it is difficult, I try to look on the bright side of things. My hope is that after my lung transplant, I can get back to my life as I previously knew it.
Transplantation is life-saving, but also very expensive. Even with insurance, I will still have many out-of-pocket costs, such as: doctor visits, co-pays and deductibles, travel and relocation to Jacksonville, and the costly immunosuppressant medications I will have to take for the rest of my life. The medication alone can cost thousands of dollars each month. These costs are overwhelming, which is why the transplant team at the Mayo Clinic recommended that I begin fundraising.
To ease this financial burden, a fundraising campaign in my honor has been established with HelpHOPELive for my uninsured expenses. HelpHOPELive is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for more than 28 years. All donations are tax deductible and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Asking for help is never easy, and this is no exception. I sincerely appreciate your support during this difficult time.
Thank you,

Eddie Etheridge
[email protected]

Updates (8)

March 13, 2018

Well got my new hip replacement and all seems well with it but it seems to have opened up a can of worms on the other end, my lungs. It seems that the BOS is progressing at a faster rate and they saw some things going on they didn’t like. They are now taking about about some new procedures to try to keep from having a new transplant. These are some of Mayo Clinics trials and the medications are not specifically designed for the use they are going to be using them for, so this means insurance will refuse to pay. These are expensive drugs and I need all the help I can get at this time. We have a raffle going now and have some more lined up. Please help with these. I know I keep asking but at this point I have no other choice. Love and respect all of you.

January 19, 2018

Well its a new year and things are going fair. I now have BOS which is a disease that lung transplant patients get. It is a slow deterioration of the capillaries in the lungs. Have had 4 years that I wouldn’t have had without the transplant, so I am very thankful for that. To top all this off I have to have a hip replacement in February so it seems to never end. Thank all of you that have helped. We will be having some new raffles in the near future so be watching for those.

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October 8, 2013

Hang in there big guy. I know there is a lung out there with your name on it. Mine and Eleanor's prayes are with you.

John McGowan

October 8, 2013

You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Jack/ Sylvester

October 8, 2013

You and your family are in our hearts and prayers.

M & M/Albany

October 8, 2013

We have you on our prayer lists at Church and we love you both

Lenn/ Newnan