Double Lung Transplant for Yaniv

$28,050 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 340 people in 28 months
My dear husband, Yaniv Halfon is a wonderful husband, a talented photographer , and a person who loves life! He used to be athletic, body-building, playing basket ball, biking, hiking, snorkeling, traveling, and best of all laughing!  

He has an occupational lung disease called Silicosis. His employer did not have safety measures in place to protect the workers, and when Caesar Stone and other synthetic marbles came out on the market, there were no warning labels on the slabs with instructions or precautions to treat this man-made marble (full of silica) differently than natural marble (which has little to no silica). As he was cutting and polishing the synthetic marble, he was breathing in the dust, and the exposure badly scarred his lungs. He was diagnosed in 2006, and he quit that work immediately. By the time his health became an issue, more than 7 years had passed, and he was unable to take legal action against Caesar Stone due to statute of limitations. Even though he has not been exposed to silica dust in 10 years, the scarring continues to build up and it destroys his lungs.  

In 2015, his lungs started collapsing. He has endured 4 partial collapses on the left lung, and 3 total collapses on the right lung and then a pluradisis on the right lung to keep it from collapsing again. He’s been in and out of the hospital more times than I have let people know about. Each of these hospital visits are $500.00 – He’s at various specialists twice a week at a $50.00 co-pay each visit.  When he had pneumonia in the spring, I was really worried he was going to die, as he began to waste away, dropping down to 155 lbs.

His lung function has been plummeting, and he is now at only 15-18% lung capacity. The situation has become critical; one bad flu, or a case of pneumonia could kill him. We were finally referred to the doctors at UCLA, and have completed the lung transplant testing; and I’m thrilled to report that he is in perfect health other than his lungs, so they are excited to get him on the transplant list ASAP!

Thankfully, I have insurance coverage for us through my workplace, and they will pay for the million dollar transplant. But we will still have many many out of pocket expenses. Five years ago, I had ovarian cancer. I underwent surgery, and chemo here in Las Vegas, while my husband lovingly cared for me. Our out of pocket expenses for hospital stays, dr. co-pays, scans, etc. were over $10,000.00! They do not perform lung transplantation in Nevada, we must travel to UCLA as the closest transplant center. They anticipate a two to three month stay there in Los Angeles after surgery. We estimate that our out of pocket expenses will be in the $25,000 - $30,000 range just for those three months. That’s not typically the kind of money people just have lying around for a rainy day. Then additionally, the anti-rejection medications that he will need to take the rest of his life are hundreds of dollars per month.  

The double lung transplant can take place as soon as a donor is located and matched. UCLA says their average for placement is about 3 months, but it could happen even faster than that, so we don’t have a lot of time to prepare.

Most of our friends and family live very far away from us. It would be impossible for them to bake a casserole and come over for a visit. I know they would like to feel that they contributed to his care and well being, so I have created this GoFundMe in hopes that as a community we can give quality of life back to such a wonderful and talented man through this life saving surgery. Together we can triumph! Our deepest gratitude,
Tori and Yaniv Halfon




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Happy New Year everyone, and thank you so much for all your outpouring of love and support! Wow, it's been almost 4 months now since the surgery, and Yaniv is doing really well! He's working very hard at his recovery; every day he does some aerobic exercises, his breathing exercises, sings at least 10 of his favorite songs, and does some chores around the house. I can't tell you what a blessing this is! His incision site is healing beautifully, and he is getting back to himself. He's still very thin, but hopefully in the coming months he will gain some weight back. The doctors are all really happy with his progress, and we go back to UCLA on the 12th of Jan for his next Bronchoscopy to make sure that the infection he had last month is gone, and that there is still no sign of rejection. They are watching him closely to balance his meds and keep him in the delicate balance between infection and rejection - so we are back and forth to LA about every 2 to 4 weeks depending on how he's doing. Before transplant, his lung capacity was at just 15%, and several weeks ago he was at 56%! The dr's expect him to get to 70-80% which will be life changing over the next 9 months. We are fantasizing about going for hikes together in the spring and testing out those new lungs. May we all appreciate every breath we take! Love to you all, Tori & Yaniv
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I haven't posted an update in awhile, since it's been so crazy busy over here helping Yaniv heal after the surgery. Today is 30 days since the surgery! Had a scary setback for a week in the hospital where he had to be moved back to ICU, but he prevailed, and is doing so well. We are 10 days out of the hospital now, and his progress is nothing short of a miracle. So very proud of him, he's fighting so hard. He's very thin, and gets tired very easy, but every day he's getting stronger, and walking a little more, singing lots of his favorite songs, and doing his breathing exercises. He sees the doctors about twice a week, and this coming Monday is his 1st bronchoscopy to make sure there is no rejection, and if everything is good, then we look forward to getting to go home sometime soon after!
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We got "the call" and are at UCLA. Various hospitals are coordinating with the donor for the multiple organs this kind person is giving. They anticipate the surgery will happen around 7 or 8 pm, and they will take him down to prep at 5ish. Please pray hard for him, that he should have a totally successful surgery in all ways possible, and a full and complete recovery!
waiting...
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Great news! Yaniv is #1 on the transplant list at UCLA in his height and blood type classification! There are a couple other hospitals pulling from the same list, so we still have to wait patiently, but this is wonderful news, and things could move very quickly. We are both nervous and excited! xoxo
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Dustin
21 days ago

Mines not as bad but pretty bad and I have asked and asked for help don't have much of a pancreas left had 7 tubes in and was in the hospital for 3 months and gotta have a hernia surgery to my hospital bills are 200,000 and something, just asking for some advise and hope your doing well

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Jill Parker
22 months ago

Beautiful, Tori and Yaniv. This is what I love to hear!

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Ken Thiel
22 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news. I am very happy for both of you. 2017 will be a great year with continuing improvement!!! You (both of you) are in my thoughts. =D ♥

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Rachel Brice
24 months ago

Thank God, I am so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for the update!! All the best, sending lots of love, RB

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Phyllis Rothbard
25 months ago

We're praying and keeping a good thought for both of you! A Good, healthy New Year to you.

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Jodee Ewing
27 months ago

We have been praying, and sending lots of love to both of you!!!

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Milt Irvin
27 months ago

Everything will be fine. There's so much positive energy working for you. Best wishes and I'm looking forward to seeing you both on the other side of this.

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22 months ago
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25 months ago
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Julie Baltay
26 months ago

Hi sweetest Yaniv & Tori......every day you BOTH are in my heart and thoughts! ADORE ya and wish you Yaniv the most miraculous new set of lungs and new lease on life! <3

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26 months ago
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Lou Lou Roxy
26 months ago

I wish I could send more right away. Tori and Yaniv, you guys are amazing.

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Krisenna Zipporah
26 months ago

Yani and Tori, I adore you both so much. Sending lots of positive and healing energy your way. xoxoxo

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Anonymous
27 months ago
Dustin
21 days ago

Mines not as bad but pretty bad and I have asked and asked for help don't have much of a pancreas left had 7 tubes in and was in the hospital for 3 months and gotta have a hernia surgery to my hospital bills are 200,000 and something, just asking for some advise and hope your doing well

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Jill Parker
22 months ago

Beautiful, Tori and Yaniv. This is what I love to hear!

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Ken Thiel
22 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news. I am very happy for both of you. 2017 will be a great year with continuing improvement!!! You (both of you) are in my thoughts. =D ♥

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Rachel Brice
24 months ago

Thank God, I am so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for the update!! All the best, sending lots of love, RB

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Phyllis Rothbard
25 months ago

We're praying and keeping a good thought for both of you! A Good, healthy New Year to you.

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Jodee Ewing
27 months ago

We have been praying, and sending lots of love to both of you!!!

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Milt Irvin
27 months ago

Everything will be fine. There's so much positive energy working for you. Best wishes and I'm looking forward to seeing you both on the other side of this.

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