Transplant Type: Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Richard Biddulph is fighting for his life. In 2014, it was found that he was suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). His diagnosis came as quite a shock, as there is no family history of lung disease. Richard’s condition has continued to decline, and now doctors say a lung transplant is critical to his survival. While awaiting a transplant, Richard must rely on an oxygen tank for every breath he takes.
During such a challenging time, Richard is thankful for his ex-wife, Kathleen, and their daughter, Emma. 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 worsen, he enjoyed ice skating, golfing, going to the movies, and visiting his daughter out of state, but these days, his activities are quite limited. He looks forward to being well enough to visit his daughter and live his life again. Richard has spent a lifetime in service to others; he did two tours in Vietnam with the Air Force and spent 30 years as a supervisor in the Postal Service, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Richard’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 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.
Richard lives 75 miles from the transplant center, and he incurs substantial expenses each time he visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Richard 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 NFT in honor of Richard. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT New Jersey Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Richard Biddulph” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Temple University Hospital