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Family and friends of Justin Martinez are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.

Justin has chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for contributors. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button.

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August 30, 2020

Justin’s 15 year milestone is upon us on Friday September 4, 2020. His family gathered around him 15 years ago with all of their love and support and supported Justin as he underwent an hours long, double lung transplant surgery that saved his life. He was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension as a teenager which caused him to have trouble breathing. He would not be with us today without his gracious donor and donor’s family who gave the gift of life at a time of their own deep sorrow. Justin hopes to one day thank his donor’s family for the abundance of life that was passed on to him. Until that day comes, he hopes for peace and comfort for his donor and their family.

Justin started 2 new medications this year to keep his lungs from being recognized by his immune system. This is common for someone who has had a lung transplant for 15 years. Also, since his lung transplant, he has had about 50 skin cancers, but only 1 skin cancer in the last 12 months. Skin cancer is very common for those with transplanted organs due to the long term immunosuppression medication taken to keep the transplanted organ in good shape. He is very good with his sun screen, hats and staying pale. He is grateful to his friends and family that help him with these sun protection measures. You can find him in the shade with his SPF 50 on.

As Justin continues on his transplant journey, there are many medical costs. HelpHopeLive is meant to be a place where friends, family and loved ones can support him financially. You can be comforted in knowing your generous donation is accessible for only costs associated to his medical needs.
He takes several chronic medications everyday, has blood work and breathing tests monthly, meets with his lung transplant doctor 4-5 times/year and has several specialist doctors that he sees throughout the year as well.
Justin feels healthy, exercises routinely (just built a home gym so he can stay safe during COVID19 times) and is looking forward to archery season this fall. He and his girlfriend, Hannah, enjoy working on home improvement projects together, hiking, going to the dog park and relaxing together. They are grateful for the support of their families and friends.

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September 3, 2020

To my incredibly amazing baby brother... funny, witty and at times cynical. Even during the hardest trials you've had a sweet spirit, always lifting others up. 15 plus years ago we didn't know how much longer we'd have you ... but God answered our prayers that September 4 and I haven't stopped thanking Him since. You are my Hero! I love you and I'll always have your back! Cheers to you Justin- and many more years of memories between us to come!

Katie Iwanyshyn