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Dear Family and Friends,

After having waited nearly three years, Nancy received the double lung transplant she desperately needed. The doctors at UCSF were able to do what they had hoped to achieve for Nancy—a successful lung transplant and the ability to breathe without oxygen for the first time in over ten years. This gift has provided Nancy with the opportunity to add a new chapter to her life.

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April 22, 2016

Tomorrow is the six-month anniversary of my double lung transplant and I will be celebrating all who helped me on this journey, first and foremost, my donor’s family. I appreciate the many contributions of my family and friends who created fundraisers and made 184 individual donations to my campaign, totaling $3,604. My supporters brought me food and encouraging conversation; they drove me to UCSF for clinic appointments and for possible lungs on many occasions until the right ones were installed on October 22, 2015; they decorated my home for Christmas; they walked my wobbly legs around the neighborhood; they gave me healing sessions; they checked in regularly – in short, they showered me with love and reassured me as I dealt with bumps in the road to recovery. I feel blessed. Thank you.

February 25, 2016

Four months out, and progress is apparent. I am much stronger, and have gained eight pounds. There are lingering issues, but UCSF is wonderfully supportive. I owe so much to my donor’s family, and my family and friends. Life is good.

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May 9, 2019

I am incredibly blessed by your story and my sons part in your life and future! May you breathe deeply and in an abundance of health and love for the duration of your life!

Amanda Goszulak

December 31, 2015

Here's to new beginnings and a happy and healthy 2016! We Love You! XO

Susan Sterling & Bob Carlson

November 6, 2015

Hi Nancy, I think of you so often, especially our breakfasts in Sonoma during library school. Miss you so much, and hope to see you well soon.

Susan Thompson

December 30, 2014

Dear Ms. Kyllingstad, I'm a former student from 25 years ago - and saw this page. I am wishing you well, and taking a moment to thank you for being a thoughtful and caring teacher during my adolescent life.

Ilsa Bertolini