Transplant Type: Double Lung
In February 2020, we appealed to you to help Jay Kapcin get new lungs so he can have a new lease on life. Jay’s road to lung failure began in 2015 when a CT scan revealed pulmonary fibrosis. In 2016, Jay got pneumonia. Shortly afterwards, a lung biopsy revealed Jay was suffering from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Jay was on oxygen therapy and participated in pulmonary rehab for years just to help keep his condition under control for as long as possible. On July 7, 2020, Jay received the call of a lifetime that he was matched with new lungs. We could not have done it without you.
Jay is undoubtedly a fighter and your support has given him hope. After a 10 1/2 hour surgery and only a 13 day stay in the hospital, Jay is recovering very well at home…thanks to you. He is still not 100% as of yet since weekly blood work is needed to monitor his antirejection medications. He also has to make frequent visits to the surgeon and pulmonary team to ensure his miraculous progress continues. Temporarily, Jay takes in excess of 50 pills per day to fight organ rejection and infection, the two threats that every transplant patients must fight every day just to stay alive. In the days and weeks ahead, Jay will attend pulmonary rehab to regain strength and stamina to improve his quality of life. Jay thrives to have a full life again where he can enjoy spending quality time with his two grandsons and riding his motorcycle in the wind. Jay is forever thankful for the love and support of his wife of 33 years, Katherine, and their family and friends who have made his second chance possible.
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’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. Jay’s declining health forced him to stop working, further adding to his financial burdens.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Jay. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the Pennsylvania Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125 . Please be sure to write "in honor of Jay Kapcin” in the memo line.