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Former Fire Fighter Needs a Heart Transplant

$24,469 of $55,000 goal

Raised by 256 people in 5 months
Created February 5, 2019
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Update::: On Tuesday, April 16th- Tim received the gift of life!! He is currently recovering at Yale Hospital where he will be for the next month or so.  We are now racing to reach our fundraising goals as the medical bills are starting to pile up. Not to mention the out of pocket costs for post-op care and meds which will exceed $10k a month. Shauna is unable to work as she will be the primary caregiver for Tim as he recovers.  We thank you for your support and please continue to share and help us reach our goals.



Tim Smith, a father, husband, a former firefighter, was just recently given the news that he is in need of a new heart and is being placed on the transplant list. Tim was diagnosed with coronary artery disease in 2012 and since then Tim has undergone numerous surgeries and all was going well until Thanksgiving of this year.

Between Thanksgiving and New Years, Tim experienced numerous episodes of chest pain, difficulty breathing which lead to frequent hospitalizations. Today, the Smith family received the unfortunate news that Tim's only option is a new heart. Without this heart, Tim will leave 2 children fatherless.  Due to the astronomical out of pocket expenses that the Smith family will now face, we are asking for any help that can be given.  Even if you personally cannot donate, please share this campaign with everyone you know.

As close personal friends of the family, we are setting up the campaign to raise awareness and help our friend get his new heart so he can see his precious 3-year old daughter grow up and be there as his 16-year-old son enters adulthood. And so that he and his beloved wife Shauna can grow old together and continue with being the funny, sarcastic couple we all love so dearly.


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As a former firefighter and EMT, Tim dedicated his life to saving others whether fighting on the front line directly or training new firefighters with his experience and bravery.  From being a fire captain with Buxton Fire and Rescue to the chief of EMS with Sebago EMS to a Fire Instructor throughout Southern Maine, Tim has been there in the communities time of need. 


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Aside from being the one who risks his life to save others, Tim is a devoted father of 2 and loving husband to his wife Shauna. Tim's world revolves around his family and is known for having such a big heart. Aside from spending time with his family, Tim is an avid Football fan, enjoys going to live music events, and has an odd addiction to collecting as many FireFighter T-shirts he can get his hands on. (just one of his weird little quirks that make him Tim)


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 Shauna, who is an RN, has been juggling being Tim's advocate, his support system, working and caring for their 3-year-old little girl.  The Smith Family are facing a long road ahead of them emotionally and financially. The costs alone for the heart transplant surgery,  meds, and aftercare for Tim will be at least $100,000. While the Smith's do have decent health insurance, they are still responsible for approximately the 20% that the insurance will not cover.  In addition to Tim being out of work for some time as he faces a long and difficult recovery,  Shauna will face many struggles providing for the family as she will now be the sole provider.

All donations received will go to help Tim get his new heart.


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Tim and Shauna are no rookies when it comes to cardiac surgery and they are emotionally prepared for the long road ahead of him. Through multiple bypass surgeries, countless stents, and a CABG back in 2013- they have literally tried every medical option available and this heart transplant is the only option available to provide Tim a chance to survive and see his children grow up.  We are asking for your support in any way you can. We will get Tim Smith the new heart he needs and deserves. 

36852340_1549425478778352_r.jpegOver the last couple of weeks, many of you have stepped up and helped with caring for Mia and for being the support system that the Smith family needs so much right now. We cannot thank you enough.  Any help at all is greatly appreciated at this time. Every dollar counts and we are grateful for your continued emotional support. Please share this campaign and join us on Facebook  for updates on Tim's care and progress.  And of course some witty, sarcastic comments from Shauna who we admire for always trying to stay positive.
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Tim has been at home and recovering and slowly getting better. Hopefully, in the next week or so, he will be able to start some rehab which will help him to gain back his strength. As always we are grateful for your love and support. We are asking if you could share this Go Fund Me one more time for us. The Smith's are doing their best to keep their head above water but the medical bills and the prescription costs just keep piling in. Every dollar really does help. We are just about at 50% of our fundraising goals.

The monthly medications are needed to keep Tim's heart from rejecting and The Smith family has also been bombarded with extensive medical bills.

They are hanging in there and each day gets a little better.
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Good afternoon everyone, we have a little bit of an update today.

After a long 19 days in the CICU and 9 bed bound days on a balloon pump, Tim received the call that we’d all been so anxiously awaiting.

They have a heart for Tim.

We are excited, scared, hopeful, nervous and anxious.

As we rejoice and celebrate this new beginning and miraculous gift that Tim is receiving, it is important that we keep the family of his donor heart in our prayers as well. Our miracle could not have happened without the selfless decision that one family made during their time of loss. Their family is now part of our family, and as such we send them love and light as they grieve their loved one.

We cannot thank you enough for all you love and support. Today marks a new chapter and we have a long road ahead of us emotionally and financially. Please continue to share our GoFundMe as we hope to reach our goal soon. The out of pocket expenses are going to start mounting fast. We ❤️❤️ you all!
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Hello Everyone!

We just wanted to let everyone know that Tim has been moved up to status 2 on the transplant list. This means that he could potentially have his heart any time now and the doctors think it will be within a few weeks! He currently has an IABP placed, which is helping relieve some of the pain. However, he needs to lay flat and not move- which is now causing back pain and spasms.

We are amazed and so grateful that we have raised over $16,000!! We have reached over 1/3 of our goal and these next few months are going to be crazy both emotionally and financially- so if you wouldn’t mind sharing the GoFund me one more time- we would greatly appreciate it!

Keep us in your thoughts! Much love
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Tim is currently at Yale Hospital and will be here until his new heart arrives. Tim has been listed and in the next coming days, Tim will likely have an IABP - which is a balloon pump that will help manage the pain and relieve some symptoms. The good news is that having the pump inserted does move Tim higher up on the list. The doctors are saying it is possible that he could have his heart within 2 weeks!!! He is resting as comfortable as possible and is in good spirits.

We thank you all so much for helping through this journey. Please continue to send thoughts and warm wishes as we continue to get through this journey.

Please also continue to share this campaign as we still need to raise quite a bit more in order to ensure that Tim has the proper care and able to afford the post transplants medications. Your support has been overwhelming..
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