Derrick Larrea is my childhood friend who I consider to be part of my family. He is only 27-years-old and desperately needs a heart transplant. Derrick was born with serious heart defects that are very difficult to overcome. He was diagnosed with a hypoplastic left heart, single ventricle, unbalanced AV canal, pulmonary atresia, and heterodoxy syndrome with asplenia. Despite these conditions, he has been able to overcome an incredible amount of obstacles due to his optimistic outlook on life. Against all odds, he has lived an incredible 27 years of life and has never had a problem with making each day count. Derrick has even held a full-time job and completed classes towards his degree, which hasn’t been easy as he ends up in the hospital at least twice a year. Unfortunately, this year, Derrick’s condition has declined to the point where he now needs a heart transplant in order to survive. He is currently waiting for the gift of life and a new heart, at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital.
Transplants are lifesaving, but the costs are more than Derrick can handle alone. Even with health insurance, Derrick’s doctors have estimated his post-transplant annual medical care to exceed $50,000. Co-pays, deductibles, doctor visits, travel fees and more, continue to add up for Derrick each and every day. In addition, Derrick will be required to take anti-rejection medications for the rest of his life once he has his heart transplant. These drugs, required for the lifetime of all transplant recipients will average over $2500 per month. Fundraising is essential to the overall success of Derrick’s outcome and life after his transplant.
September 30, 2015
wow. thank you all for the support you have shown the past month, your donations and prayers are all grateful.
September 19, 2015
Thank you all for the support. In the last couple of days. Check iut my blog page promise its great www.facebook.com
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June 28, 2020
Hi Derrick, My son Derrick Grimm is on here. I was looking up random pages on this site to see what other people’s pages looked like. How are you doing? Were you able to get what you needed? Warmly, Shelby
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March 4, 2015
Keep on being strong, we are here for you!!
Susy & Dani