Transplant Type: Double Lung
Randy Riggs is awaiting a new lease on life. In 2018, he began to experience shortness of breath, coughing, and fatigue. He was soon diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). His diagnosis came as a shock, as there is no family history of lung disease. IPF is a chronic progressive lung disorder, and his lung function has decreased since his diagnosis. Randy is now on continuous supplemental oxygen in order to breathe, and simple day-to-day tasks are very difficult. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to his survival.
During such a difficult time, Randy is thankful for the love and support of his wife of 34 years, Sandy, their daughter, and their family and friends. Randy’s health prevents him from being the active husband and father he once was and causes a lot of worry for his family. He enjoys going for walks, working in the yard, helping Sandy care for their chickens, and researching genealogy. Unfortunately, Randy’s lung function now prevents him from doing yard work or helping out with the chickens, and any physical activity is now difficult for him. He looks forward to receiving a transplant that will free him from supplemental oxygen and give him more years with his family. He wants nothing more than to be healthy so he will have more energy, be able to enjoy life with his wife and daughter, and resume the activities he once enjoyed. But right now, he needs your help.
The average double-lung transplant costs more than $1.2 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.
Randy lives 230 miles from his transplant center. He will have to temporarily relocate to be nearby while he recovers, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging. His health prevents him from working, further adding to his financial burdens.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Randy. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Arizona Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Randy Riggs” in the memo line.
Transplant Center: Banner University Medicine