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Dear family, friends, #YellowHeartSquad, and those who may have come across this by chance,
My name is Travis Flores.
As many of you know, I have lived with Cystic Fibrosis my entire life. I have fought incredibly hard to survive for 28 years. However, after two double-lung transplants, I am facing death again. This is truly the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. Asking for help is never easy for me, but asking a third time is nearly impossible. It breaks my heart to have to do this, and it feels unreal that I am facing chronic organ rejection for the second time in my life. The truth is though, if I don't ask for help now, I will die.
Third lung transplants are not a common practice. I know that I have been given two chances and that there are people who are still waiting for their first. I think of those people every single day. I beg that they match a compatible donor and are able to feel the release of a full breath someday. Right now, I am asking for a chance to survive again too. I am pleading with transplant programs across the country to save my life.
The money that I am raising is to help cover the current medical expenses that I am facing, such as the ambulance bill for a trip a few weeks ago to the ER that was 1.5 miles away - over $2,000.00. It will also allow me to focus on this fight to survive because it takes every ounce of energy to stay strong moving forward.
This fundraiser will also enable me to make the massive move from Los Angeles to wherever I need to be if a transplant center calls for me to join their program to save my life. I need to be able to move immediately because time is not on my side. Moving costs a lot of money, medical bills are outrageous, and trying to balance all of these expenses with life when I am not able to work a normal 9-5 salaried with benefits type of job has proven to be a job in itself.
There is so much more I want to say, but I cannot find the words right now. Since November 2018, I have tried to do this and I've not been able to. I have struggled, and struggled, and struggled, to the point of exhaustion. I should have sought help sooner, but I have spent my life helping others, and asking others to help me is not something I am good at.
I am relying on my #YellowHeartSquad to help me ask. I hope that I find a way to get through this so that I can continue my life's work with Make-A-Wish, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, DonateLife, the Christina Grimmie Foundation, and so many other organizations/people that I am passionate about helping.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and support. If you cannot contribute financially, sharing this page will help me too.
Please take a moment to think of my family, friends, and my donor's family as they struggle to watch me go through this. My hope is that this gives them hope.
With your help, I will be able to fight to survive.
- Cathy Herchelroath
- Natascha Hubert
- Haley Wolfe
Travis Michael Flores
Los Angeles, CA