This page is dedicated to my beautiful mother Selena Prince.
A few of you know my mother is ill and has been for some time. To everyone else this is the first you're hearing of her condition. I've never been the type to search for sympathy or burden others with my sorrow, but this is a matter of life or death.
Back in 1997, my mother was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. It's an inflammatory disease that can affect multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs. It is estimated that up to four in 10,000 people in the U.S. have sarcoidosis. Since then, her condition has progressed slowly. In 2008, my mother was given just months to live. Through the power of prayer and her strong will, seven years later she is still with us, however, sarcoidosis has completely consumed her lungs. She is on oxygen now, because her lungs only produce at 10% of their capacity. She spends more time in the hospital than in the comfort of her own home.
Unfortunately, there's no cure for her condition... only an extremely risky and challenging double lung transplant can save her life. The good news is since my mother's condition has progressed she has been placed on the national organ donors list. The surgeons at Duke University Medical Center are up to the task. The problem is the operation costs a whopping $1.3 million. Money we just don't have. Medical insurance covers a much smaller portion of the cost than we originally expected. We've exhausted all our resources... so I'm turning to you. It will take between 15 to $20,000 to take care of her medical expenses and move her from the Atlanta area to Durham, NC for pre and post operation care. Time is of the essence. Duke Transplant Clinic requires my mother relocate to manage her care and have half of the total by August 16th, and the balance before the transplant, no exceptions.
I'm not one to ask for handouts, but I really have nowhere else to turn. I realize times are hard for everyone, but any donation would be greatly appreciated. Even a dollar donation would add to the pot. You can donate anonymously. If you can't make a donation please share this GoFundMe account with a friend. Thank you in advance.
My mother is 55-years-old. That's far too young to leave us as far as I'm concerned. If she doesn't make it through this chapter of her life... we will rest easy knowing she is in a better place and the good Lord needs her by his side... Nonetheless, her loving husband Dalton, son, daughter and two grandchildren are not ready to say goodbye just yet.