Help Bill live his new life with new lungs!
Bill Gross was born with a genetic condition called Alpha-one Antitrypsin Deficiency. This disease causes emphysema in the lungs over time. In 2003, Bill’s lungs were deteriorating quickly, and he was listed for a double lung transplant at Temple. Years went by, and he only received one call. He was eventually taken off the list and decided that maybe he wasn’t meant to have lungs.
At the end of 2017, he decided to try again. His lung capacity was at 18%, and he could no longer enjoy his favorite hobbies, such as riding his Harley, working on motorcycles, walking the dog, and going places with his close friends. He was on oxygen almost 24 hours a day, and was uncomfortable even sitting down resting. He knew that his body could not handle much more, as it starved for oxygen every day. He knew time was running out, and he was listed again, but this time at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. This would be his last hope.
July 23, 2018
As of July 18, Bill is back in the hospital for another week. There was a scab where they attached his esophagus, and it fell off prematurely. He is currently receiving IV medications there, and is hoping to be released soon.
March 21, 2009
oops----sorry there is no spell check I meant to type we gave up biking 2 years ago----Mary
March 21, 2009
Hi Bill, Thanks to your neice Tia I have learned of your story of courage and hope while on the mend. We are kindred spirits hubby and I gave up biling 2 years ago no time to ride to keep the bills paid and we miss the ride as much as you sir. Once that free ride spirit is in your soul tho you carry it with you always.lol. Prayers of healing and peace for you and your cherished ones are being sent as you journey forward sir. Try to enjoy the ride even though the road is bumpy sometimes. Mary and Bud Eveland
Mary and Bud Eveland