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Family and friends of Jay Hamilton are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to help fund some of his uninsured medical expenses associated with scleroderma and lung transplantation. Please read through this profile to see if you can help out by covering out-of-pocket expenses for a trip to the doctor’s office (about $50), a month’s worth of copays for medication (about $100 — before transplant), or contribute to larger expenses.

Jay has systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) with lung involvement. First diagnosed in 2013, he can trace the signs of breathlessness back to 2010 and is now on oxygen support 24/7. He began transplant evaluation in 2013 and has been in the “on deck circle” since 2016, meaning he has cleared all the medical and non-medical prerequisites for a lung transplant, but has not been sick “enough” to be listed in the New York area. But the time for listing is getting close at hand.

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January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020
I am Listed!

It has been seven years since I was first told a Lung Transplant was in my future. Its been seven years of waiting — for the REAL waiting to begin.

Thank you for your help on this journey and the rest of the adventure to come.

December 7, 2019

December 7, 2019 Update

I want to thank my family for getting word out about this campaign through social media before Giving Tuesday 2019. I have always found it difficult to ask for help and I completely abstain from social media, so their efforts are greatly appreciated.

I am humbled by the kindness and generosity of those who contributed to the fund and expressed their prayers and encouragement. I had a transplant evaluation on Wednesday and my physician agreed I should be listed. It will take a few weeks for all of the formal approvals, but I should be on “The List” by New Year. Christine and I are nervous about the future but the tremendous support of so many has given us an emotional lift at just the right time.

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February 12, 2020

This has been such a long road already—hoping for a checkered flag soon, meaning it’s done, and you won!

Peter and Christina Fairweather

February 4, 2020

Get well soon! From your Putnam Valley neighbors Meg & Drew Brown

Andrew Brown

January 29, 2020

Sending love and prayers.


December 31, 2019

Good luck Jay! Thank you Christine for letting the broader Facebook family know of this wonderful way to support Jay and you.

Christine Turner