Help My Dad Breathe!

A few years ago my Dad, Larry Barton was diagnosed with COPD, which is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was put on an oxygen tank as breathing on his own became harder to accomplish. It has been a huge lifestyle change, but being the trooper that he is, he has made it work. 

Recently he went to the doctor and they told him that he needed to increase his oxygen levels in order to keep oxygen flowing properly to his organs, with the new adjustment he has to change his oxygen tank every hour. Which many of you know how active my parents are, and especially in the summer, they love going to vintage camping rallies, going to flea markets to sell their wares, love hanging out with their grandkids, and love road trips. With having to change his oxygen every hour it is a huge wrench in his every day normal activities and it wears on his quality of life. With the amount of oxygen that he needs in a small amount of time makes it nearly impossible to bring that amount of tanks with him to do anything.

There is a portable oxygen concentrator that is rechargeable and will allow him to continue to live his life to the fullest. Unfortunately his Veterans insurance does not cover this concentrator and my parents are unable to afford the concentrator on their own. 

Those of you that know me know that I would not ask for help if it wasn't really needed, and of course my dad's pride wont allow him to ask for help either. He has done nothing but work his entire life to support our family in anyway that he could, even serve his country in the Vietnam war. 

I took this picture this last Christmas and I asked him to take the oxygen off for the photo, it broke my heart to see him struggle without the oxygen on and to see the severity of his condition. Recently while he told me about what was going on, seeing him tear up and break down was one of the hardest things I've had to see. It's still hard to believe that my dad, bad to the bone, harley riding, no job was too big for him tough guy....is getting old! For the record, still adorable, in fact getting cuter if that's possible...and still pretty darn tough! 

I am going to do my best to come up with as much money as I can personally in order to afford the concentrator, but any help that anyone can provide is greatly appreciated. I thank you in advance and am willing to provide free hugs and sweet nothings in exchange for your generosity. Which those of you who know me, I ration my hugs and hold them very dear to my heart. 

Below is a link to the Inogen Concentrator that will help him continue to live the life he was accustomed to. I am hoping to reach our goal by June so that he can kick off the summer and father's day and our annual fathers day camping trip without a hitch. 

Thank you from The Barton's!

https://www.inogen.com/product/g4-freedom-package-2/
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Alyssa Barton 
Organizer
Fond du Lac, WI
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