Transplant Type: Double Lung
Sherrell Jacobs is awaiting a new lease on life. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, a rare, inflammatory disease that attacked her lungs. Unfortunately, her condition is genetic, and her mother suffered and died from the same illness. Sherrell’s lung function has declined since her diagnosis, and she relies on supplemental oxygen in order to breathe. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is her only hope for survival.
During this difficult time, Sherrell is thankful for the love and support of her family and friends. She is a single mom of a 17-year-old son who has put school on hold in order to help care for her. Sherrell’s son helps with her medical equipment, goes with her to doctor’s appointments, and helps out with grocery shopping and cooking. Sherrell’s dad lives with them and helps to provide financial support to their family. Sherrell is legally blind, and is very thankful her son and dad are there to assist her.
Sherrell enjoys going for walks with her son, going to the movies, and dining out, but her health prevents her from doing those things now. Even simple day-to-day activities are difficult for her. She looks forward to receiving a transplant that will save her life and free her from supplemental oxygen. She wants nothing more than to be healthy so she can be there to see her son graduate, resume the activities she once enjoyed, and live her life to the fullest. But right now, she 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, she faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.Sherrell lives 70 miles from her transplant center. When she receives her transplant, she will need to stay nearby while she recovers, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging. Sherrell’s health forced her to stop working several years ago, further adding to her financial burdens.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Sherrell. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 3249 W Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Sherrell Jacobs” in the memo line.
Transplant Center: Duke