Transplant Type: Lungs
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Reyes Castrejon is fighting for his life. In November 2020, he contracted COVID-19. This virus caused Reyes to develop pneumonia, and his lungs began to fail. Now, doctors say a double lung transplant is critical to his survival. While awaiting his transplant, Reyes relies on supplemental oxygen for every breath.
During such a challenging time, Reyes is thankful for his son, their family and friends. He wishes they didn’t have to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Before his health began to decline, he enjoyed being active and spending time with his loved ones, but these days, his activities are quite limited. He looks forward to being well enough to enjoy life again, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Reyes’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average double lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, 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.
Reyes lives 70 miles from the transplant center and will need to be hospitalized until he receives his new lungs. When he receives his transplant, Reyes and his caregiver will need to stay near the hospital, during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Reyes.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT California Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Reyes Castrejon” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Stanford University Hospital