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Family and friends of Jim Clontz are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.

Jim has chosen to fundraise with HelpHOPELive in part because HelpHOPELive assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for donors. Donors can be sure that funds donated will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Donate Now button.

Updates (2)

January 3, 2014

My lung transplant was a success. I am breathing at 97 to 100% now. I am able to walk without stressing my heart and any shortness of breath. I am so pleased with the results of my surgery. Thanks to all who have made this possible through your contributions and prayers. I will always appreciate what my friends and family have done.

November 15, 2013

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, it feels like you can’t move or breathe. I’ve been slowly losing lung capacity since I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, six years ago. Then, last winter, it became worse. Even with oxygen, I could not get dressed or walk from one room to another. My doctors at Duke University Medical Center have told me that my only option is a life-saving lung transplant.

I was a teacher, coach, and athletic director in the Guilford County School System for 40 years, in addition to being the Aquatic Manager at Forest Oaks Country Club. I cherish all of the relationships I had with co-workers, students, and parents. Many of these relationships blossomed into friendships as the years passed and former students became parents. I look forward to getting a transplant, getting better, and enjoying these relationships for many years to come.

Transplantation is life-saving, but very expensive. There are many pre- and post-transplant related expenses that are not covered by insurance such as traveling expenses for pre- and post-surgery evaluations, considerable expenses required for staying in Durham during the recovery period, and expensive medications afterwards. Funding this procedure is a monumental task and a challenge that I cannot meet without the support of my family, friends, and community.

To help with this financial burden, a fundraising campaign in my honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for 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. Please consider making a tax-deductible end of year contribution.

For credit card contributions, visit and enter Jim Clontz in the “Find a Patient” box on the home page or call 800.642.8399. Or:

Make checks payable to: HelpHOPELive
Note in memo section: In honor of Jim Clontz
Please send to: HelpHOPELive
Two Radnor Corporate Center
100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100
Radnor, PA 19087

Thank you for your continued kindness, generosity, support and prayers.
Jim Clontz
Jim Clontz
Phone: 336-674-6847
Email: [email protected]
Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. This campaign is administered by HelpHOPELive, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing fundraising assistance to transplant and catastrophic injury patients. Information: 800.642.8399.Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 888.830.4989. The license is not an endorsement by the state.


December 17, 2013

Coach Clontz, Your daily helpful hints on my career continue to stick with me. I miss you often and cannot wait to talk coaching philosophy with you again soon. So proud to work beside you.

Jessie Norman

December 4, 2013

Jim, You have meant so much to so many people, its time we show u how thankful we are. May God continue to bless you!

The Frye Family

December 2, 2013

Jim, We just wanted you to know that you have friends who want to help and are praying for you.

Pam and Charlie Causey