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.
Nov 14, 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 helphopelive.org 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.