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Wade Needs Our Help!

Billy Wade Perry (Wade) of Hickory, NC is a 62-year-old man who is very ill and needs our help. He is a father of four and a grandfather of five. In 2014, he got sick and was later diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). IPF is a disease in which tissue deep in your lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred over time. As the lung tissue thickens, your lungs can’t properly move oxygen into your bloodstream depriving your brain and other organs of the oxygen they need. For Wade to survive, he is going to need a lung transplant. The cost of transplantation can be extremely overwhelming.

Updates (2)

August 27, 2019

Wade moved back home on April 27th and is doing really good. He started doing things he wasn't able to do before the transplant such as doing things around the house and various other activities. He is now able to do just about anything he likes to do or wants to do. Sometimes he is hindered in doing things because he exhausts himself trying to do to much. He is able to get outside and do things outside and spend more time with his family and go to events and places he couldn't before. He seems to be doing really good but sometimes he has a small setback whether its medicine or little things to do with the transplant and the medication he is on. Wade is able to spend more time with his wife and his family and his grandchildren.

February 1, 2019

Wade was relocated around November 1st to get ready for transplantation. At the time of his relocation he had to undergo lots of different tests and therapy and various other things involving the transplant. He went through all the tests and processes to get ready for the transplant and was placed on the transplant list on December 7 2018. After he was placed on the list he got his first call for the transplant on December 23 2018 unfortunately it was a dry along with three other calls after that. On December 31st he received another phone call to come to the hospital for the transplant. After being there all day and all night the surgery was done on January 1st. He has had his roller coaster with various things going wrong with different parts of the body some worse then others. Now he is doing much better and is soon scheduled to get out of the hospital.