Dear Family and Friends,
Breathing is something most of us take for granted. I know I did. But when your lungs do not provide the air you need, your body becomes paralyzed and can’t move. I have been slowly losing lung capacity since I was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) over five years ago. During the past five years, I have been hospitalized and have had to be put on a ventilator three times. My doctors have told me that if I am put on the ventilator once more, my chances of survival will be very, very slim. I am fearful everyday of catching a cold or anything that effects my upper respiration because I will be ventilated immediately. X-rays, tests and a CAT scan of my lungs have shown that a lung transplant is my only chance of long-term survival.
That brings me to the purpose of my letter. Organ transplantation is lifesaving, but very expensive. My insurance will cover 80 percent of my surgery, but I will have many out-of-pocket expenses, including: travel to and from the transplant center, co-pays and deductibles, and the costly immunosuppressant medications I will have to take for the rest of my life. As a result, my transplant team at Greenville Medical Center recommended fundraising.
To help ease this financial burden, a fundraising campaign in my honor has been established with HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF), a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for nearly 30 years. All donations are tax deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the South-Atlantic Lung Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Thank you for considering making a contribution.Your financial gifts will be greatly appreciated and will help me make it through this difficult time.
With sincerest gratitude,
Arthur L. Saxon
September 12, 2012
We've talked with you at LifeFit and wanted to help out. Our prayers are with you ...
Anonymous Friend/Beaufort SC