Don's Medical Fund

As most of you know, my oldest son, Don, was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis of the lungs six years ago. He had just began a new career as a civil engineer with a prominent Cincinnati construction firm. After only working six months, he was forced to resign due to health issues. Sarcoidosis is the abnormal growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of your body — most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. There is no cure for this disease, and it is unknown how one gets it. As a result of the progression of the disease, Don is 100% disabled. In the past six years, he has been hospitalized with pneumonia several times. He has also been hospitalized a few times when the scar tissue on his lungs breaks apart and causes his lungs to swell. He takes prednisone, methotrexate, pain meds and antibiotics every day, and every month he undergoes a chemo treatment.

Don will need a lung translant. At this point, he is traveling from Cincinnati to the Cleveland Clinic every three months so they can determine when to put him on the transplant list for a double lung transplant. He must stay at a hotel while he is there as his required tests take two days to complete.

For now, financial assistance is needed for getting to and from several doctor appointments each week, traveling expenses such as gas (if someone is available to drive him) and bus and taxi fares (if no one is available to drive him), hotel, and food while he is in Cleveland, and just day-to-day care for himself and his family while trying to live on disability.

When it is time for the transplant, Don will need to stay in Cleveland for three months and have a family member with him around the clock for the duration of his stay in Cleveland. Additional expenses will be needed at that time.

If anyone is unable to help financially, prayers are always needed and welcomed. We know that God is able and we trust that all will soon be well.

Thanks in advance


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