Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Brenda Grimm is fighting for her life. She has struggled to breathe since she was young. Brenda was born with a hole in her lung and was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis as a child. She has battled collapsed lungs, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and 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.
This has been a difficult time for Brenda, as she is used to being much more independent and active. She is thankful for her husband, James, their three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, who have been by her side every step of the way. Brenda wishes that they did not need to be so concerned about her health, but she is grateful for their love and support. Brenda looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to cook family meals again, play with her grandchildren, and be the loving wife, mother, and grandmother that she longs to be, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Brenda’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average double lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, 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.
Brenda must travel more than an hour to reach her transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Brenda and her caregiver will need to stay near the hospital 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 Brenda.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Missouri Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Brenda Grimm” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Barnes-Jewish Hospital