Transplant Type: Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Chericha English is fighting for her life. In 2014, she was diagnosed with stage 2 , her2 positive breast cancer. She underwent aggressive radiation treatments, and while Chericha’s cancer went into remission, the treatments ravaged her lungs and caused her to develop bullous emphysema. Her condition has continued to decline and doctors say a lung transplant is critical to Chericha’s survival.
During such a challenging time, Chericha is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. Her wonderful husband, Gregory, and their three children have been by her side every step of the way. Their amazing family and friends have provided much needed love, encouragement and support. While it’s been very hard for Chericha and Gregory, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. Before her health began to decline, Chericha enjoyed cooking, being outdoors, traveling, and spending quality time with her loved ones, but these days, her activities are quite limited. Cherica looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to have her life back, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Chericha’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average lung transplant costs approximately $929,000. 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.
Chericha must travel more than 150 miles to reach her transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Chericha and Gregory 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 Chericha.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT South Carolina Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Chericha English” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Duke University Hospital