Transplant Type: heart and Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Jack Garrison is fighting for his life. He was in his 40’s when he had his first heart attack. The damage to his heart, combined with an adverse reaction to medication that he was taking, led to heart failure. Doctors said he needed a heart transplant to live. Luckily, Jack received his first heart transplant in March 2009! Eleven years later, his new heart is beginning to fail, and the medications meant to keep it healthy have taken a toll on his kidneys. Now, doctors say a heart and kidney transplant is critical for his survival.
During such a challenging time, Jack is thankful for his fiancé, Lori, his children and grandchildren. He wishes they didn’t need to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Before his health began to decline, he enjoyed going to the movies, attending AA meetings, going to Disney World and being active with his grandchildren, but these days, his activities are quite limited. He looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to be healthy enough to spend many more years making memories with his family, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Jack’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average heart and kidney transplant costs more than $2.6 million. And that’s 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’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. Due to his declining health, Jack was forced to stop working, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Jack. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Florida Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Jack Garrison” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Mayo Clinic Florida