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

Jay 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.

Updates (7)

May 29, 2022

For anyone who has not heard, Jay received "the call" on Monday May 23, 2022, a day that will now forever be etched into our memories. It was still all up in the air as we knew nothing about the donor lungs, and it seemed the surgeons didnt either. It would be a game time decision, with Jay prepared and ready for surgery, the transplant team would inspect the new lungs in the OR and make a go or no go call on the spot. Well, it was a go, and by 8:30am (CST) I got a call from my mom, Raya, that Jay had new lungs (and a bypass to boot) and all had gone as perfectly as it could have. It took a full 72+ hours to get Jay out of the medically induced coma, and as I write this today on May 29th, he is sitting for a few hours in a chair with the help of his nurses. He still has a lot of pain meds on board and a naso-gastric tube in place, so talking and communicating is hard, but not impossible. He is still able to wink at mom and kiss through her mask. He is keeping his humor and was watching the Sox game last night. We are looking for small improvements every day, and moving forward, one breath at a time.

May 17, 2022

Greetings all!

It's been a bit since my last update, but all is good. I was at MGH on 27 April for my breathing & walk test, chest xray and blood work. Unfortunately my condition has deteriorated and now my LAS is 40. Deterioration is expected as that is the nature of my pulmonary fibrosis. My next visit is 15 June.

Lexie and Reino have done a great job on the fund raising front.

Reino ran the Super Bowl Squares and the March Madness. Congrats to the winners of each contest and thank you to those who turned their winnings back into my HopeHelpLive campaign. Very generous! Thank you again Reino as running each contest is a bunch of work.

Lexie is currently running the drawings for various art items. The first drawing is for Lisa's Regopoulos's wonderful

pastel, 'Cascading Light, Crane Beach'. Rayah has two great watercolors and a felted trip-tic ready to go. I've even entered a piece!

I thank everyone who has organized, participated and donated to my campaign. I can't say it enough . . . I am truly humbled and very thankful to everyone's contributions.


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March 26, 2022

I'm donating for Jay - and for all his family, friends who love him so very, very much!

Janet Welch

February 14, 2022

God Bless and good luck!

Peter Gilman

January 31, 2022

Super Bowl Squares for Jay! We’re rooting for you!

Reino Ecklord