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Bill has had a genetic lung disease called Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency his entire life. The symptoms did not begin to affect Bill until 1998, but the diagnosis was not made until 2001. Emphysema, caused by Alpha 1, has severely damaged his lungs along with often recurring bouts of bronchitis.

Bill contacted an Alpha 1 specialist in Charleston, SC and followed up with him yearly – leading him in 2012 to pursue an experimental treatment in Germany. Unfortunately for Bill, this treatment was not successful. In 2016, his health began to rapidly decline. Bill and his doctors agreed that his only chance for improvement was a lung transplant. Luckily, last week he was accepted into the lung transplant program at Duke University Hospital. Bill and his wife will soon relocate to Durham for an extended time period. Family members and friends are committed to seeing him through his transplant journey.


August 29, 2017

Hey Bill and Beverly. Thom and I continue to pray for you as you make this journey to restore your health. You've got this! AND, you've got our Heavenly Father who is guiding your doctors while giving you strength every day. AND, much love and big hugs to you and Beverly.

Thom and Susan Lane

July 13, 2017

So much love and prayers are going your way! We are with you every step of the way!

Gary and Nancy

July 3, 2017

Bill and Beverly, We are with you all the way!! Never has our high school phrase "And, how are you doing," meant more. Lots of love. Really. Lots.

Nan & Bobby

July 3, 2017

Warren and I are praying hard for strength for you and Beverly and great success. We love you both!