Quick Facts: Thousands of patients who are waiting for organs face serious challenges beyond their physical health, including:
- Fear of losing Social Security Income (SSI) Benefits
- Concern over depleting retirement, savings and other personal assets
- Anxiety over Living Donors not donating due to lost wages
- Worry about financial ruin due to insurmountable medical debt
The need for an organ transplant can often occur unexpectedly. We would like to share Dale’s story with you.
Dale’s parents were missionaries who worked in the remote parts of the Amazon in Venezuela. Most of his childhood years were spent working alongside of his parents helping those who needed help most. When he was only 13, Dale and his family were shocked to learn he had contracted hepatitis B and D while living in the jungle requiring his family to return to the United States for medical care. Unfortunately, he lost both his grandfather and aunt after they also contracted hepatitis from their time in the Amazon.
In his adult years after marriage and starting a family, his condition worsened. His doctors gave him the shocking news that without a liver transplant, he wouldn’t live much longer. Dale found himself fighting for his life.
A liver transplant costs approximately $500,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, Dale faced considerable expenses related to his transplant. For the rest of his life, he would need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The medications alone can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month—and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. Before he could be added to the waiting list, the hospital required a $425,000 deposit.
Dale turned to the National Foundation for Transplants for assistance. With our fundraising expertise and relationships with transplant facilities and professionals across the country, Dale received a new liver.
There are thousands of Dales throughout the United States who are fighting for their life. Some may need a new heart, kidney, lung, or pancreas. The cost can be astronomical ranging from $340,000 to well over $1.3 million. What if Dale were your husband? Your son? Your friend?
Because of the generous support of donors like you, many will receive a second chance at life. The National Foundation for Transplants help those who are organ recipients and the heroes who are donors to offset the financial burden associated with transplantation.
Will you help us help others? No gift is too small. Make us a part of your annual year-end-giving and save a life.