Robert Jackson has had trouble breathing his whole life, and 10 years ago doctors figured out why.

In 2005, Jackson, 39, was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis, a disease that causes small lumps to develop on organs. In Jackson’s case, the granulomas affected his lungs. When they fail to heal, they scar and inflame the tissue. Today, he uses an oxygen tank to breathe.

The Memphis-based National Foundation for Transplants helps Jackson and thousands of others across the country “fundraise for things not covered by insurance,” said Emily Joyner, NFT spokeswoman.

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