Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Darrell Curtis is awaiting a new lease on life. He received a double lung transplant in 2012. While the transplant saved his life, the anti-rejection medications that he must take every day took a toll on his kidneys and have caused them to fail. Now doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which leave him exhausted and take a toll on his quality of life.
During such a challenging time, Darrell is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system. His wife, Angelina, their five children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren have been by his side every step of the way providing much needed love and encouragement. While it has been very hard for Darrell and Angelina, these circumstances have also brought them closer together, strengthened their trust in each other, and given them perspective on what matters most in life. Darrell looks forward to the kidney transplant that will allow to live his life fully again. More than anything, he would like to travel and spend time with his children and grandchildren, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Darrell’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $442,000. And that is 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.
Darrell must travel to reach his transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Darrell and Angelina 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 Darrell.
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 Darrell Curtis” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: UPMC Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh