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Over the past 14 years Michael Brunick and his partner Jeanne Apelseth have endured more than anyone should have to. Diagnosed with COPD in 2003, Michael needed a life-saving lung transplant.

It wasn’t an easy journey. Through many dead ends and false starts, Michael and Jeanne finally found a medical transplant facility that would take him at Cleveland Clinic, and he was placed on a transplant list. They were told they would need to raise $60,000 to cover medical costs, medication co-pays and other expenses related to transplant and recovery that were uncovered by insurance, in addition to the expenses covered by their insurance, once a donor was found. They worked diligently to do this, through a series of fundraisers. You may have contributed to one or more of these. If so, you have played a role in saving Michael’s life.

Updates (39)

July 20, 2017

Saw this quote today and it seemed perfect….

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”. – Christopher Reeve

July 19, 2017

We’ve updated the page since our financial difficulties have escalated with Michael’s continuing medical issues.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in donating, please feel free to share the link.


August 6, 2015

First of all congrats on your new lung and a second chance in life and may God bless you and your family! My name is Eddie Godfrey and my wife name is Debbie, she to is having to have a double lung transplant. Debbie was much like you always helping others. I would like to know if you could give us a hint on some fund raisers that might work good. Our first goal is $10,000.00 dollars, we've only raised a little over $3,700.00. She can't be put on the waiting list until we raise the $10,000.00. Her breathing is getting worse, so do you have any ideas that we could try. Thanks for listening may you have a great recovery and long and happy life, God bless, The Godfrey family. If you have any ideas you can reply on this web site under campaign for Debbie Godfrey.

Eddie Godfery

July 10, 2015

Such wonderful news, from every direction. Can't wait to see the new photos!

Laureen Marchand

June 28, 2015

We are thrilled you received your transplant. You and Jeanne are in our thoughts and prayers.

Amy Simons and Alan Lammle

April 2, 2015

I will so everything in my power to help you Michael in your quest...God Bless!!!!

chris Doumis