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

Ronald 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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September 6, 2021

Ron is home from the hospital and getting stronger every day. It’s taking a little longer for him because of his age, but now that he is back at the condo with me, he is working really hard. Today he rode his scooter outside with me to take the dog for her walk. Just the act of getting off the couch and transferring to his scooter, or sitting up on the couch to watch tv is a good thing. I’ve ordered a recliner because these couches are not the most comfortable things to sit on. I don’t sit on them because they hurt my back. It should be in within a week to a week and a half. Really can’t afford it, but if it helps him heal faster, it will be worth it.

August 27, 2021

Ron will be discharged from the rehab hospital tomorrow. After grabbing a bite to eat, we have to go to the pharmacy and pick up the 22 prescriptions that they have ready. They are still working on 3 more. Then at 12:30 he starts his visits with each of the transplant team members. That will go until 4:00 or so and then we get to come beck to our little apartment in Chicago. It’s been 7 weeks that seems like 7 months but also seems like just a few days if that makes sense. Hopefully the VA will cover these medicines, but it will take them at least a month to get them all ordered and ready. Ron has appointments with the pulmonologist on the 2nd of Sept and his primary care doctor on the 9th. They both work at the hospital that did Ron’s transplant plus works a couple days at the VA. So they took Ron and they will be in constant contact with the transplant team and will know what meds are needed. But until then, we are on our own.

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