i hate doing this
can i just leave this here?
Jennifer Hildenbrand is fighting for her life.
In the fall of 2015, after visiting the ER multiple times for what they thought was pneumonia, she was referred to a lung specialist. She underwent a lung biopsy and was hospitalized for three weeks until being diagnosed with interstitial lung disease.Doctors say a lung transplant is critical to her survival. This diagnosis completely changed the lives of Jennifer, her husband, Chris, and her daughter, Mary. Most of last fall was spent indoors rather than taking long walks in the crisp, cool air. Her favorite time of year turned into a nightmare season. It’s been especially hard for Jennifer to miss out on family events with her nephews and baby niece, who she couldn’t meet until she was 3 weeks old because of Jennifer’s weakened immune system. She dreams of being healthy enough to go out and walk wherever she wants to go, and she can’t wait to talk her dog, Siobhan, on a walk again. She wants to ride her bike and maybe even take up running, something she never imagined she consider doing. One thing she knows for sure is that she’ll never take the simple things for granted ever again, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Jennifer’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average lung transplant costs approximately $785,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself. Because they live 90 miles from the transplant center, Chris will have to temporarily relocate to be closer to the hospital during Jennifer’s recovery period, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging.
What if your life depended on the compassion and generosity of others?
The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve Jennifer’s growing burden of expenses. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with fundraising support for more than 30 years. Your gift of any amount will enable NFT to provide Jennifer with the financial support she desperately needs.
You can help by visiting http://patients.transplants.org/jenniferhildenbrand to make a tax-deductible donation to NFT to help with her expenses.
If you have any questions about NFT, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.