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Husband of Vicki; Father of Chuck, Donny, Bethany and Jenna

Dear Family and Friends,
Breathing is something most of us take for granted. I know I did. But when your lungs don’t provide the air you need, your body becomes paralyzed and you can’t move. It’s a very painful and frightening experience to go through. I’ve been slowly losing lung capacity since I was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) about three years ago.

Updates (1)

March 15, 2010

Chuck and his family on the Bonnie Hunt Show


August 28, 2010

Hi Chuck, and congrad on your placement. My wait for a heart ended July 25th. I am making a 100 mile walk in Nov to try to sign up 5,000 new donors, and will keep you in my thoughts while you wait for THE phone call. My first walk is in this sight if you have a boring day with no GOOD reading material available. Good luck with your journey. I'm just one step ahead of you...

Debi Bair, heart recipient

July 30, 2010

Hi Chuck! I saw you and your family on the Bonnie Hunt show and want to make a donation. I have since then and will continue to keep you in my prayers. I wish nothgin but the best for you and your beautiful family. God Bless All!!!

Lynda Odum \ Illinois

July 28, 2010

Chuck, I had a heart transplant going on 16 years ago at NY Presbyterian and my surgeon was television's Mehmet Oz, MD. I am doing fantastic. I read that Temple gave you some reservations so you switched transplant centers. I was turned down by a three centers in my home state of FL before going to NYP which was known as Columbia Presbyterian back then. The first FL transplant center rejected me on the basis that I impressed them as being medically non-compliant and therefore wouldn't thrive causing the others in FL to follow suit. I believe the real reason was that I was a risky case and they didn't want to risk a negative statistic with me. I mention this so that you remain relentlessly persistent and seek another center in case your current center wimps out on you for any reason (you can't believe their reasons in many cases and their negativity won't help you anyway). Good luck and stay positive and resolved. If you haven't already, apply for Social Security Disability so you can get Medicare which follows 2 years after being accepted for SSDI! They will likely turn you down but don't give up. Call your Congressman and/or get a SS lawyer specialist to appeal and get you retro-active benefits to get you on Medciare more quickly. Hope this helps and my email is [email protected] if I can help. Alan

Alan Brezin/Alabama

July 22, 2010

My 24 year old husband is suffering from Acute Liver Failure, and is waiting a liver transplant. Reading your story has given me hope. Hope that I've begun to lost because I hate seeing him unconscious, and hooked to all sorts of machines just struggling to keep him alive. Knowing that I am not the only one experiencing this is hard to believe at times, but thank you for sharing your story. I wish you and your family the best as you continue in your journey.

April Holdaway/Boise,ID