Transplant Type: Heart
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Ron Simmons is fighting for his life. He suffered his first heart attack more than fifteen years ago. He has been diagnosed with chronic systolic heart failure and ventricular tachycardia. His condition is further complicated by a history of pulmonary embolism, cardiomyopathy, and chronic anti-coagulation. Unfortunately, there is a history of heart disease in Ron’s family, and his father passed away due to heart disease on Ron’s eleventh birthday. Ron’s health has continued to worsen, and now doctors say a heart transplant is critical for his survival.
During such a challenging time, Ron is thankful for his wife, Denise, their five children, and their four grandchildren. 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 working, fishing, going to sporting events, cooking at his church for the homeless, swimming, and spending time with his family, but these days, his activities are quite limited. He looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to be healthy enough to spend many more years making memories with his loved ones, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Ron’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average heart transplant costs more than $1 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.
Because Ron must travel more than 200 miles from his home to the transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments, he incurs substantial expenses for each trip. When he receives his transplant, Ron will have 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 Ron.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Oregon Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Ron Simmons” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital