Transplant Type: Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Beth Vallier is fighting for her life. In June 2020, she was initially diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She contracted COVID-19 in September 2020, exacerbating her condition and causing even more difficulty breathing. By January 2021, Beth’s health had worsened to the point that she was struggling to breathe after climbing a set of stairs. Eventually, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare lung disease known as Obliterative Bronchiolitis caused by an unknown toxic exposure. Now, doctors say a double lung transplant is critical to her survival. While awaiting her transplant, she relies on an oxygen tank for every breath.
Beth is thankful for her husband, Dan, their four sons and their wives, ten grandchildren, family, and friends. She wishes that they did not need to be so concerned about her health but is so very grateful for their love and support. While it has been very hard for Beth and Dan, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other and in the Lord, and reinforced what matters most in life. Before her health began to decline, Beth enjoyed gardening, working full time with the Healthcare Coalition, doing yard work, and cooking for her family and friends, but these days, her activities are quite limited. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to get her life back. More than anything she hopes to spend many more years with her loved ones, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Beth’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average double lung transplant costs more than $1 million, and that is only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover the cost of her 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.
Beth must travel more than 450 miles to reach her transplant center in St. Louis for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Beth and her caregiver will need to stay near the hospital for three months during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Beth.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Beth Vallier” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Barnes-Jewish Hospital