Transplant Type: Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Kristina Grilo is fighting for her life. She has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Unfortunately, Kristina’s condition has continued to worsen, and doctors say a lung transplant is critical to her survival. While awaiting her transplant, she relies on an oxygen tank for every breath.
This has been a difficult time for Kristina, as she’s used to being much more independent and active. Before her health began to decline, she loved going to the beach, going to church, and being active with her dogs, but these days her activities are quite limited. She looks forward to feeling like her old self again, and more than anything, she wants to live her life with as few limitations as possible, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Kristina’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average lung transplant costs approximately $929,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover the cost of the 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.
Kristina must travel more than 70 miles to reach her transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Kristina 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.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Kristina. 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 Kristina Grilo” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Advent Health