Dear Family and Friends,
I am writing this on behalf of my husband Frank Acker. I would like to tell you a little bit about him. Frank is a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He has a terrific sense of humor and can always make you laugh. He is a very special and caring person. His family is very important to him and he adores his grandsons. He was involved in Boy Scouts and was an assistant coach in soccer. He is also a member of the Masons. Frank worked in construction most of his life. He loved his trade and loved being outdoors. He has always been a hands-on person, taking on whatever task needed fixing whether it was for family or friends. He always puts others first. You could always count on him to be there if needed.
Frank was diagnosed with COPD, a life-threatening lung disease, in 2001. He was determined not to let it get the best of him. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Little by little his breathing has been getting worse. He is now at the point that breathing, a simple act which most of us take for granted, has become a major struggle for Frank. This is very difficult for him but he does not let it get him down. He was recently referred to Tampa General Hospital by his pulmonary doctor, for evaluation. Frank has just been placed on the lung transplant list which will give him the special gift of life. It is very overwhelming. Frank hopes that someday in the near future he will be able to help take care of his family again and be able to enjoy his grandsons. He has a lot of living left to do and would like to be able to make a difference in a positive way.
Unfortunately, even with medical insurance, the cost of transplantation is monumental. It is an expense that our family cannot meet. There are so many uncovered expenses, such as immune suppressant medicines which he has to take for the rest of his life, pre and post transplant expenses not covered by the insurance and traveling/lodging necessary during pre and post transplant.
To help ease this financial burden, a fundraising campaign in his honor has been established with HelpHOPELive for his uninsured expenses. HelpHOPELive is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for more than 25 years. Thank you for your consideration of a tax-deductible donation.We have been very blessed with a wonderful support group in our family and friends. Your financial gifts, as well as your prayers, will be greatly appreciated and will help us through this difficult time.
Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. This campaign is administered by the HelpHOPELive, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing fundraising assistance to transplant and catastrophic injury patients. Information: 800-642-8399.
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October 8, 2013
My prayers are with you your family Cathy! :)
October 8, 2013
Dear Cousins Frank, Cathy and family. We wish you all the best in the future and will be praying for all of you. I will be sure to pass this along to everyone. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we love you. I know you keep my dad and family close at heart as we do with all of you.
Sherry, Joe Van Dyk and family
October 8, 2013
Hello Mr. Acker- I hope this finds you in good spirit. I know that you are experiencing a rough road right now, but I want you to know that you are a Great person surronded by a wonderful family that cares alot about you. I can tell you that with faith, all things are possible. Even when it seems like there is no hope, remember there is. I will continue to pray for you and your family and I want you to know that you are a blessed person and the best is yet to come. Take Care
Sheronni R. Brady/South Dade Sr.
October 8, 2013
Hi Frank and Cathy, Hope you are doing OK though the circumstances would probably say you are anxious and nervous about what the future holds. The Old Man keeps me up to speed on all that is going on with the Acker Family. You are a terrific Nephew to him and I want to say I know he truly appreciates the weekly call with you. Stay strong and continue to keep the positive attitude because, that, along with Kathy, Tara, Frankie and Chelea will help carry you through. We all look forward to hearing the positive news. Please let us kknow if there is anything we can do to be of help.
Mike and Kathy Navarro & Family/ Fairpot, NY