Transplant type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Evelyn Melendez is fighting for her life. In 2004, at the age of fifteen, she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Over the next few years, she was found to suffer from mitral valve prolapse, dextrocardia, and atrial tachycardia. Evelyn also suffers from ear problems that have caused partial deafness in both ears. Her diagnoses shook her small family to the core. Evelyn’s situation remained stable for many years, but recently, her condition began to decline, and doctors say a double lung transplant is critical to her survival.
During this difficult time, Evelyn is thankful for her parents, sister, sister-in-law, and nephew, who have been by her side every step of the way. She wishes that they did not need to be so concerned about her health but is grateful for their love and support. Before her health began to worsen, Evelyn enjoyed traveling, going to flea markets, and embracing her love of Halloween, but these days, her activities are extremely limited. She looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to live her life with as few limitations as possible. Most importantly, Evelyn wants the opportunity to feel like a regular, independent, adult in her thirties, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Evelyn’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.
Evelyn must travel more than 70 miles to reach her transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Evelyn 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.
What if your life depended on the compassion and generosity of others?
The National Foundation for Transplants is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve Evelyn’s growing burden of expenses. The National Foundation for Transplants has been assisting transplant patients with fundraising support for more than 35 years. Your gift of any amount will enable The National Foundation for Transplants to provide Evelyn with the financial support she desperately needs.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Evelyn.
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 Evelyn Melendez” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
P.S. Want to help Evelyn even more? Ask your company if they will match your gift!
If you have any questions about NFT, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.