As featured on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and in The New York Times
Family and friends of Francisco Felix are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation. The father of four has not been able to work and help support his family for about 2 years. He is staying positive and hopeful that somehow, some way, a miracle can happen and he may be given a second chance at life. He was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2006, and in mid 2010 he was diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
Francisco has Arizona medicaid insurance and for budget reasons, the state made the decision to cut back funds for some transplant patients. He is one of the many people affected by this unfortunate situation.
In mid November, life seemed to have changed for the good when a family friend unexpectedly passed away and had donated her liver to Francisco. However, as the budget cuts had become effective October 1st, he and his family had to come up with $200,000 by 10:00 am the morning after the friend passed away. It was a very tight and short time frame. Sadly the money was unavailable and Francisco was sent home empty handed. In early December, Francisco was informed that his life expectancy without the transplant is about 12 months.
Please help Francisco and his loving family reach their goal, and his second chance at life. His greatest wish is to be priviledged to see his 4 daughters walk down the aisle.
The hospital has informed Francisco that he must raise $500,000 for the transplant procedure and post-transplant care. Francisco has chosen to fundraise with HelpHOPELive – The Leader in Fundraising Assistance and Support for Transplant and Catastrophic Injury in part because HelpHOPELive provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses. For more information, please contact HelpHOPELive at 800-642-8399.
Thanks for your support!
December 16, 2010
Seventh-grader raises money for death panel victim
December 15, 2010 MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith OlbermannThirteen-year-old Carlos Olivas, Jr., talks about his attempts to raise money for a liver transplant for Francisco Felix of the NTAF Southwest Liver Transplant Fund.
December 3, 2010
Arizona Cuts Financing for Transplant Patients
December 3, 2010 (www.nytimes.com)
The New York Times
PHOENIX — Even physicians with decades of experience telling patients that their lives are nearing an end are having difficulty discussing a potentially fatal condition that has arisen in Arizona: Death by budget cut … Read full story
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September 2, 2011
what is being done to help this guy
April 29, 2011
i would like to know what other event they r doin have been trying to look for them to donate things for them to raise money but lost them at there last location if u can please reply thank u
rivera m. az
January 10, 2011
In reply to the Enders Family, California: Thank you for your concern for Francisco Felix. Tragically, a second transplant patient in Arizona passed away last week. However, this patient was not Mr. Felix, nor any of the other transplant candidates who are fundraising through NTAF. Our thoughts and condolences go out to that individual's loved ones during this very difficult time.
NTAF Management and Staff
January 10, 2011
PLEASE UPDATE INFO ON MR. FELIX! (today is Jan 7, 2011) We want to donate to Mr. Felix but we need to know first of his status. We heard on tv, that a second patient just died unfortunately. (NOTE: this message was edited by site moderator)
Enders Family, California