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Don’t let this breath be John’s last….

John has been dealing with progressive lung disease for years and now has exhausted all conventional treatments including removing part of a diseased lung. He needs a double lung transplant soon to survive his worsening bronchiectasis, ABPA (allergic bronco pulmonary aspergillosis) as well as severe asthma. We’re asking family, friends and co-workers to join us in fundraising for the non-profit HelpHopeLive.org in honor of John, to assist with expenses he’ll incur after surgery. He expects to be in a Boston area hospital 3-4 weeks immediately following the transplant. He will also be required to live within an hour of the Boston area in order to attend regular clinic visits post surgery.

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February 20, 2021

Day 6 post transplant: As you can see by today’s picture post he’s looking more like himself! He’s now off the oxygen( first time in 2 1/2 years),eating a regular diet, had one of the pain block catheters pulled, and will have another chest tube pulled later today.Yesterday he was up walking a short distance in the room with therapy and using a walker and he surprised the occupational therapist but putting his foot on his knee to show how he’d Put on a sock! Says he’s feeling better everyday! Your continued support means the world to us and his family!

February 19, 2021

John is now four days post bilateral lung transplant at Mass General where is receiving amazing care. He is doing exceptional per the staff there. He had the breathing tube Removed in under 36 hours, passed the all important swallowing test, has already had a chest tube and a drain removed, has been up in the chair for the past couple days and started physical therapy. Today he had a bronchoscopy which went well and showed the lungs are in good shape. His oxygen saturation is good and they are hoping to totally discontinue that tomorrow. Pain is well-controlled . John and I are so grateful for everyone’s prayers, well wishes and support throughout this process and as we continue to move forward in this journey.

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February 20, 2021

You look awesome John! Keep up the good work! Continued prayers for healing and speedy recovery!!

Rick n Fran Sprague

February 20, 2021

Continued prayer and positive thoughts for healing and recovery.

Susan Suhrada

February 19, 2021

Karen & John, We have you both in our prayers. My sister, Eileen Martino, wrote me today that John had his surgery & did well. It’s a big surgery & we will keep you both in our prayers. I remember having so much fun with you & your family & friends at the Pampered Chef party you hosted with me so many years ago! Eileen keeps me informed as to what’s happening in NY as I am still on Florida. One of our friends in Fl had same procedure few years back & has done well. God Bless John & wishing him a speedy recovery! Peace & love, Colleen

Colleen & Paul Maluso

February 16, 2021

Praying that all goes well and for a speedy recovery.

Denise Greene