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My name is Patrick and I have been a Paramedic for the last 28 years.

I have been battling Pulmonary Fibrosis for the last two and a half years and then was hospitalized for Covid pneumonia last January. Covid left irreparable damage to my lungs. I was told I need a lung transplant to live any quality of life. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a lung disease that results in stiffened lungs making it hard for me to breathe. There is not cure. I am asking family and friends to join me in this fundraising for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to assist with critical expenses including lodging for possibly up to 3 months after the transplant.

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May 25, 2022

Finally got started on pulmonary rehab. Slow process when compared to prior sessions. They also have me on oxygen via nasal cannula during exertion and I also wear at night. I trying to adjust to having to have oxygen with me where ever I go.

January 5, 2022

Just a quick update on what has been happening up till today. The doctors have put me on oxygen for exertion. Normally the oxygen for carbon dioxide happens flawlessly in healthy lungs, keeping up with demand. The damage done in my lungs is hindering this process causing increased shortness of breath. I also only have one more required test before being put on the transplant list.

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January 17, 2022

Pat, on behalf of the members of IAEP Local R7-11, please get well soon!

James Griffith

December 15, 2021

Love you, Pat ❤

Samantha Manns

December 15, 2021

Love ya buddy, missing you!

Andrea Armstrong