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Breathing is something a lot of us, including myself, take for granted. I used to see people on supplemental oxygen and never realized how scared or desperate they were. When you can’t get the air your body needs, you become unable to do anything but struggle to get air and ask God for strength to do so. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and was put on oxygen. COPD is a progressive disease of the lung and cannot be cured. My only option to continue to live is to have a lung transplant.

I was a smoker for 37 years, but on October 10, 2005 my doctor came into my hospital room, after being admitted for pneumonia, and told me my lungs were in bad shape and that I had to give up cigarettes if I wanted to live. That night I said a prayer and the Lord relieved me of the obsession of nicotine. I went to pulmonary rehab after this hospital visit. So many were on oxygen there and I thought I beat that because I had quit smoking. But I soon learned otherwise.


January 20, 2017

Reading of your transplant made my day, week, Xmas. Hope all is well!!! Congrats on the new lease on life.


October 6, 2014

The first of the Reinhart family $40 Urban Reinhart George Reinhart


September 24, 2014

Jack, I know all too well of the need for organ transplant facing my own as you know. I pray that God will bless you with a second chance. I have gotten to know you over the past couple years and it has been a privilege. I am always here if you need someone to talk to. Wishing you nothing but the biggest and the best,

John Westenhaver

April 23, 2014

something to help $20

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