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Help a Marine Corps Veteran’s Wife with Liver Transplant Costs

Cynthia Bertram has been battling with serious health issues for several years.
She is now in a critical situation where she needs a liver transplant in order to
survive. We are asking family and friends to join us in raising funds for the nonprofit,
Help Hope Live, to help with the transplant-related medical expenses Cindy will face.

Updates (3)

December 15, 2019

On July 8th, 2019 Cindy got the Gift of Life from a Donor and his/her family. Cindy was Transplanted at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama in an 7 hour operation. Two years and 10 months fighting Liver Disease and now she has a chance to Live thanks to a kind and generous family who wanted to do good for others and to supporters who have help in the cost of this Transplant.
Financially it would have been impossible for her to meet the requirements of getting this Transplant done. Even though Cindy has Medicaid the are a lot of cost that were not cover and cost that are still not covered or only partially covered. The Hospital and Doctors Bills from before Cindy got on Medicaid were not covered and we are still paying on them to this day. Our out of pocket exceeds $150,000 and that is not counting what Contributors have donated through HelpHopeLive.org a 501C (3) Charity setup for People just like Cindy. Anyone who has had to deal with a sudden Catastrophic Illness knows the cost and how devastating it can be to cover the cost that will keep them alive. Getting sick should not bankrupt a person and their family but it does. Even with Insurance lot of the Medicines to make a Transplant work are not covered or only partially cover as they are extremely expensive and with Medicaid the Best Drugs are out of reach for most people and Generic replacements are given at a lower cost but many of this lower cost drugs have side effects on other organs in the body and puts the person at risk of having even more problems when a lower cost drug is used. Even some the specialized Medicines that are generic still are out of reach for many as they can cost $2500 to $5000 month and more. Take EPCLUSA to cure HepC, it is $87,000 in America for a 90 day supply while in India that same drug is less than $700 for the 12 weeks course. This is what makes it so difficult financially to get medicines in America but the average family doesn’t have that kind of funds available so this is where HelpHopeLive comes in to Help. They can only Help when Donors like you reading this campaign,step up and make a generous tax deductible donation. This is what I am asking of my fellow citizens to do, Give Life to those who have not been as fortunate as others and Give them a chance to Live. We are still struggling to keep afloat as this is a Life Long Campaign not just for my Wife Cindy and I but for others who need your help as well. Please make a donation no matter how small or Big, every donations helps all. Tony aka @MrTonyBertram on Twitter.

November 12, 2018

11/08/2018 Went to USA Medical Center for 2d Right Heart Cath due to requirements of UAB Liver Transplant Center in Birmingham, Al. While listed for Transplant and taking the Medicine Vetetri for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a patient has to have a Pulomonary Pressure no greater than 35. At the 1st Right Heart Cath in January 2018 my pressures were 78 so I was prescribed Veletri which is an intravenous administered medicine that is administered through an IV implanted in my Right Chest above the Brest. This medicine has a very short life span of only 3 to 5 minutes so it is administered daily through the use of the IV line and a 100ml cassette that is filled with the medicine after mixing the dry powder vials with styrle water in a given procedure. See the video demonstration my Husband Tony made and uploaded to www.youtube.com .
This is my 3rd Right Heart Cath and the pressures are down to 30 so I will remain listed for a Liver Transplant. I have been on the list for 6 months now and praying I am getting close to a Donor being found that is suitable for my Blood Type, Height and Weight. My Physician has determined that a partial Donor would not work for me so the Liver will have to come from Someone who decided to be a giver of Life when they die. I am saddened that another person dies but glad that there are people who are willing to have organs donated so that others may live. They are Angels and many would not be here today without their Generosity. So I am asking the Living to be just as Generous and Donate to HelpHopeLive so that I and others may have the Hope of getting Help so that we may continue to Live. Thank you in advanced for you kind Hearts.

Cindy

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Guestbook

July 24, 2019

Love you both!

Karen Lessey

June 26, 2019

Hi guys, thanks for reaching out to us. You are on a journey that few people have to endure. You can do it, you can get the transplant and you can beat all the little hurdles that are in front of you. Keep the faith, follow the path where it leads you. With God's help you will get through this.

Ken Lovely

February 14, 2019

My Prayers for all!

Kimberley A Szczawinski

September 15, 2018

Sending prayers for you both.

Connie Tucker