Joe and Lynne Dinas are up against a challenge they cannot face alone. Three years ago, at 45-years-old, Joe, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and has received treatment at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston Ma. In spite of many medical efforts, Joeâ€™s lung capacity has steadily declined and he now requires oxygen to support any physical activity. Joe has been informed that his only chance at a healthy life is to have a double lung transplant. After extensive evaluations, Joe is now considered an excellent candidate for a double lung transplant and has been placed on the active transplant waiting list.
Joe needs the help of his family, friends and community in order to survive. Over the past 12 years, Joe lost two brothers to this same disease — Nick, age 48 and Gary, age 54.
September 21, 2017
Joe was the youngest of five children. His parents carried genes that would end up fighting each other and destroying the lungs of three of the four boys in his family. Joe’s two older brothers died of pulmonary fibrosis before they could be transplanted.
Joe was placed on the transplant list. On the evening of March 24, 2015, we got a call in the middle of the night. Joe was sleeping so soundly that I hated to wake him. Joe was dreaming that a woman said to him that she was leaving this world and that she was giving him her lung.
I had so many emotions, excited, nervous, and sad thinking someone lost a loved one for this to happen. And then in the next moment so very, very appreciative that they provided us a chance of having more time and more life together.
Joe came home in record time. We are still going strong and are so appreciative of the person who gave us BOTH the gift of life.
May 11, 2015
I had my lung transplant on March 24 and I’m feeling great. I have a long recovery but I’m up for the challenge. Thank you to all my supporters and all your prayers.
August 4, 2014
I do believe in MIRACLES... Do not give up the fight....Spaces of the Heart...
July 7, 2014
I am happy I can help out at this time. Prayers, & positive energy sent your way. Peace & God Bless
Terri Lynn Girdzausky
October 31, 2013
Sending love and prayers your way.
Anita & Pete