Meet Jesse---he is 23 years-old and has cystic fibrosis which is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. His health is deteriorating and he is in desperate need of a lung transplant. To get this surgery he will need to travel over 300 miles to Seattle, WA from his home in Spokane several times over the next year for medical appointments. He will also need housing during this time and a short-term stay in a hotel initially to give him and his mother time to make all the necessary arrangements before he begins his treatments.
We are so grateful and blessed that Jesse’s medical expenses, including the very expensive lung transplant are covered by his insurance. However, due to his frequent stays in the hospital for treatment, he is unable to work, and as such, doesn't have the funds necessary to purchase a reliable car to travel to Seattle, WA from Spokane, WA let alone cover the temporary living expenses.
His devoted mother, Tina, is a single, hardworking mom, but she just does not have the means to cover these costs.
Your gift will go to cover the following items: (1) Reliable/Sensible used car that can travel from Spokane, WA to Seattle, WA; (2) Travel Expenses (fuel/insurance/maintenance); (3) Temporary housing costs (Short-term Motel, then small apt); and (4) Living expenses while in Seattle (food/utilities/etc). We anticipate all these costs totaling approximately $45,000 for the first year.
Any additional funds raised will be used for Jesse's recovery after surgery and his future "Children with Cystic Fibrosis Music & Art Foundation".
Jesse loves music and art and is a talented musician. He is currently working on an album of his music with the Chaplain at Sacred Heart Medical Center (also a musician and sound engineer) as well as a foundation that will focus on encouraging children with Cystic Fibrosis in their own art and music pursuits.