Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Chris Hazen is fighting for his life. He began to experience breathing difficulties in March 2017. He was later diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and severe emphysema due to Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency. Chris’ condition has continued to worsen, and now doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to his survival. While awaiting his transplant, Chris relies on an oxygen tank for every breath.
During such a challenging time, Chris is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His beautiful wife, Debby, their two children, and grandchildren have been by his side every step of the way providing much needed love and encouragement. While it has been very hard for Chris and Debby, 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 his health began to decline, Chris loved fishing, canoeing, outdoor cooking, and sitting around the campfire, and he dreams of being well enough to enjoy these things again someday. More than anything, he wants to be healthy enough to spend many more years making memories with his loved ones, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Chris’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 health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Chris lives 160 miles from the transplant center, and he incurs substantial expenses each time he visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Chris and Debby will need to stay near the hospital, during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Chris.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Maine Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Chris Hazen” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Massachusetts General Hospital