Pastor Frank Barndollar
Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Frank Barndollar is fighting for his life. In November 2019, he began experiencing a cough that would not subside. After several failed treatments that were provided by his family physician, Frank was referred to a pulmonologist and underwent a battery of tests. Finally, he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and Frank has had to rely on an oxygen tank for every breath from that day forward. Now, doctors say a double lung transplant is critical to his survival.
During such a challenging time, Frank is thankful for his wife, Mary Ann, their eight children, and eleven grandchildren. He wishes they did not have to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Before his health began to decline, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, going out to dinner with his wife, and playing games with his grandchildren, but these days, his activities are quite limited. He looks forward to being well enough to enjoy life again, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Frank’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 health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant cost, 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.
Frank lives over 130 miles from the transplant center, and he incurs substantial expenses each time he visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Frank and his caregiver will need to stay near the hospital for three months, 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 Frank.
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 Frank Barndollar” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Shands Hospital at the University of Florida
If you have any questions about The National Foundation for Transplants, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.