Two years ago, Marie was looking forward to Easter weekend but instead found herself in the emergency room fighting to breathe. She was devastated at the diagnosis of an extremely rare, progressive and incurable lung disease called LAM. There are only 2500 known cases of LAM worldwide and it affects only women. In a LAM, lung vessels begin to multiply abnormally and spread into areas of the lung where they don’t belong. The air sacs in the lung also swell and form cysts that develop throughout the lungs causing breathing problems like emphysema. Marie’s lungs are in serious decline and she has been put on the list for a double lung transplant because a transplant is her only hope of survival!
You might know Marie from Carson’s store in Concord where she worked in the deli until LAM made it impossible to continue to work. Marie is sweet and caring lady that would not hesitate to help you if you were in need. You might know her through her husband, Stephen or ‘shorty’ to his friends and co-workers, who is working many hours as he can to try and pay for all her medical expenses Lam has piled on them.
After many years of helping others, Marie needs our help more than ever. Even with insurance, there will be many uninsured transplant-related expenses such as copays and deductibles, doctor visits, travel and temporary relocation expenses and the costly anti-rejection medications that he will need for the rest of his life. These expenses are expected to be astronomically high. We need your support to make Marie’s transplant a success.
To help offset such expenses, a fundraising campaign in Marie’s honor has been established with Help Hope Live, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law, are held by Help Hope Live in the South-Atlantic Lung Transplant Fund, and are administered by Help Hope Live for transplant-related expenses only. If you would like to make a contribution, please click the DONATE NOW bar.
Your support is vital for Marie to have this life saving transplant. Please, help us give Marie this
chance at life. On behalf of Marie and her family we thank you in anticipation of kindness.
Rebecca Bryant, loving mother in law
434 534 7968 [email protected]
July 19, 2017
Marie is doing good. She is so close to the double lung transplant. A few more test to be done on her. She would like to thank everyone for all the love and support. God Bless you all.
May 24, 2018
Feel better soon! -Nate