Natasha Sanchez Santiago
Transplant Type: Single Lung
Natasha Sanchez-Santiago is fighting for her life. In 2015, she was diagnosed with bronchiectasis a condition where the bronchial tubes of her lungs are permanently damaged, widened and thickened. The damaged air passages allow bacteria and mucus to build up and pool in her lungs, resulting in frequent infections and blockage of the airways which makes it difficult to breathe. In 2019, her condition took a turn for the worse when she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension 1. With a long family history of pulmonary failure, Natasha's condition is hereditary and will likely worsen without a new lung. Doctors say a lung transplant is critical for Natasha's survival.
A single woman with no children, Natasha made the very difficult decision to leave her family in Puerto Rico and move to Florida to receive the medical treatment she needs. As her health declined, Natasha had to stop working because the physical stress on her lungs made it impossible to breathe. Further adding to her hardship, Natasha had to discontinue swimming, camping and outdoor activities which she enjoys causing her quality of life to be diminished. Natasha longs for a time when she can enjoy life and being outdoors again. Right now, she needs your support.
The average cost of a lung transplant is $816,000. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant cost, Natasha faces significant expenses related to the surgery. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they're as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
How you can help. The National Foundation for Transplants is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve the growing burden of transplant related expenses for Natasha. National Foundation for Transplants have been assisting transplant patients with advocacy and fundraising support for more than 37 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable the foundation to provide Natasha with the financial support her desperately needs.
You can help in the following ways:
§ Send a tax-deductible donation via check or money order. Mail your donation to: 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please make your check payable to NFT FL Transplant Fund. Remember to write “in honor of Natasha Sanchez-Santiago” on the memo line.
§ Make a secure online donation. Select the "Donate" button to the right of the screen. Once you’ve made your donation, share Natasha’s campaign page with your family and friends by posting the following URL on your social media page https://charity.gofundme.com/nft-natashasantiago
§ Donate stock. To donate stock, send an email to email@example.com. Include in your email you would like to donate stock to Natasha Sanchez-Santiago’s campaign.
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