Transplant Type: Double Lung
Angela Trisel is fighting for her life. She was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in April of 2010, just six months after her father received the same diagnosis. Her aunt and uncle also suffered from the same disease, and her sister was diagnosed two years ago. Unfortunately, her father passed away from it four years after his diagnosis. Over the years, Angela’s lung function has declined, and she now requires the use of supplemental oxygen to help her breathe. Doctors say a double lung transplant is critical to her survival.
During this difficult time, Angela is grateful for the love and support of her husband of 24 years, Darren, and their family and friends. Between them, Angela and Darren have five children and four grandchildren, with another on the way. Her illness prevents her from being the active wife, mother, and grandmother she longs to be. Even the simplest tasks are challenging for her now, and she has to miss out on a lot of family fun. Angela looks forward to receiving a transplant so she can be free from supplemental oxygen and have energy again. She wants nothing more than to be healthy so she can live life to the fullest, play with her grandchildren, and travel with her husband. But right now she needs your help.
The average double-lung transplant costs more than $1 million, and that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, Angela 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. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
Angela lives nearly four hours from the transplant center and has to travel back and forth for appointments. When she receives her transplant, she, along with her husband and daughter, will have to temporarily relocate to be nearby while she recovers, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging. Angela had to stop working as a hair stylist and nail technician due to her declining health, further adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Angela. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT California Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Angela Trisel” on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: University of California San Francisco