Al Scarborough's Support Team

$7,656 of $120k goal

Raised by 77 people in 27 months
Christine Bussey Singleton  FALLS CHURCH, VA
Some of you may remember Al Scarborough from the University of Pennsylvania class of 1992. Al has had a tough couple of years. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with a weak heart. For a while he was able to compensate until it began to affect his activities. Last May, he lost his job, and with it his medical insurance.

Since last September, he has had multiple admissions for congestive heart failure. He has not spent more than 2 weeks out of the hospital since that time. In November, he was evicted from his home. At times, he has stayed in his car and a medical homeless facility.

Over the last month or two he has become dependent on a continuous IV medicine to support his heart function. He now has end stage heart failure. Without this IV medication, he would not survive for long. Ultimately, he will need an artificial implantable heart and/or a heart transplant.

His biggest obstacle at this time is lack of housing. His continuous IV prohibits him from going to many facilities that are not capable of taking care of advanced heart failure patients. Many also require an ultimate destination, which he doesn't have. He does not want to go back to the medical homeless facility as it was not clean or safe. He is currently on hospice with palliative care services. With housing, his options for future treatment are much brighter.

We are seeking funding to help Al stay in a hotel or extended stay hotel for a period of a few months. At that time, it is hoped that his disability will be active and provide enough funds for him to stay in an apartment close to the hospital.  HIs ultimate goal is to return to Cisco networking and teaching jobs and to be productive again. Any assistance would be appreciated. Help is needed right away!
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Update 6
Posted by Christine Bussey Singleton
16 months ago
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Update on the fundraising campaign for Al Scarborough from Al:

I usually wake up gasping for air. I have been asked what the days have been like since learning that I have end stage heart failure. Waking up feeling like you are drowning is terrible. The fluid build up around the heart seeping into the lungs causes it. I take diuretics twice a day and having to go to the rest room every ten minutes can be its own version of hell.

Marking time by what meds I need to take is the biggest part of my daily routine. I am tired all the time these days and it is a chore to do simple things like walk around the block or even get dressed each day. I actually I don't really "do" anything on a day to day basis. I need bariatric surgery to qualify for heart transplant but I can't afford it. There are astronomical sums needed that fall outside the scope of insurance holding me back. The cost of immunosuppressive drugs will be crippling.

There are great people like Phil, Christine, Maer, and Rick who have been super supportive and incredible friends and alumni from Penn and Stamford High School who have helped me acquire the basics like food and my prescriptions over the past several months.

A group of authors that a friend of mine, Maer, knows have even put together an anthology to help me get the medical procedures I need. It is called The Dark Dozen: Stories for Scarborough. They have also started a Facebook page called: We Heart Al.

I am so grateful to all of you who have shown your care and concern for me. I have to admit that I am finding it difficult to remain positive. I am tired of being and feeling this way. I feel helpless and useless with this weak heart that is constantly betraying me. While I feel that my life is over at times, you guys remind me often that maybe I can come out the other side better and a beacon to those that feel lost in the future. God bless you all this holiday season and I will make a stronger effort to let everyone know what's going on with me.
-Altoine
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Update 5
Posted by Christine Bussey Singleton
19 months ago
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UPDATE: Al did secure an apartment with the generous funds that many contributed. As well, a particularly benevolent alumna from '92 has been contributing to his monthly costs. He continues on the intravenous medicine that is helping his heart pump function. Ever so slowly, this is becoming less effective as is expected. What he really needs is a new heart.

One of the challenges to be listed for a new heart is that he must lose weight. To say that this is difficult without the ability to exercise is an understatement. Recently, gastric bypass surgery was brought up as a potential option. Though he now has insurance, there is a $2500 co pay that is necessary. He has had to hold off on scheduling surgery until he can come up with the money.

Another intervention to lose weight and keep it off is to have additional treatment for his sleep apnea. Once again, a $500 co pay is required. He is in a holding pattern until he can produce the funds. Despite insurance, he also has to contribute to monthly medication costs which are currently around $3900 in arrears. I am hoping again for some help for Al.

A statement from Al is below:

Christine reminded me that I haven't given an update in a bit. I have been preparing myself for a heart transplant for the past five months. It hasn't been easy, but I have had excellent care from Christine and Phil has been a tremendous support and sounding board for me.
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> I have been advised that I need to do a Bariatric procedure before doing a transplant and I need to continue to use Milrinone until I get a new heart. I think it is the psychological aspect of all of this that is the hardest thing on a daily basis. I feel betrayed by my own body that leaves me feeling vulnerable and helpless consistently. I can't help but feel if my parents were alive and I had family support thru all of this, I would not feel so terribly alone.
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> It is so crazy to me that my existence has come down to a matter of dollars and cents. I have put off surgeries and medicine and sleep treatments because I just cannot afford it. I owe tons of money for various medical support services around my failing heart in addition to having to pay for food and a place to stay. It is insane that the $1000 I get each month from disability precludes me from getting other services because I earn too much. I even have to pay for my own insurance because I have to wait two years to be eligible for Medicare.
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> I keep wondering, "How did I get here"? Was it the cheesesteaks from Billybob's? LOL, Christine tells me that is not the reason, but I have to admit that it hurts my pride and my soul not to be able to take care of myself.
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> I know that I am in the middle of a dangerous waiting game. I need to move forward so that I can get a new heart before this one fails completely, but I can't progress since I can't afford even the basics for survival most times. There are those days that I just want to give up the fight, but then I feel like a coward and I wonder if I am just being readied by God for some ultimate purpose that I just cannot see yet. I am sorry that this update is a rambling one, but it pains me to say that I am scared and I don't know what the future holds.
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Update 4
Posted by Christine Bussey Singleton
19 months ago
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Al did secure an apartment with the generous funds that many contributed. As well, a particularly benevolent alumna from '92 has been contributing to his monthly costs. He continues on the intravenous medicine that is helping his heart pump function. Ever so slowly, this is becoming less effective as is expected. What he really needs is a new heart.

One of the challenges to be listed for a new heart is that he must lose weight. To say that this is difficult without the ability to exercise is an understatement. Recently, gastric bypass surgery was brought up as a potential option. Though he now has insurance, there is a $2500 co pay that is necessary. He has had to hold off on scheduling surgery until he can come up with the money.

Another intervention to lose weight and keep it off is to have additional treatment for his sleep apnea. Once again, a $500 co pay is required. He is in a holding pattern until he can produce the funds. Despite insurance, he also has to contribute to monthly medication costs which are currently around $3900 in arrears. I am hoping again for some help for Al.

A statement from Al is below:

Christine reminded me that I haven't given an update in a bit. I have been preparing myself for a heart transplant for the past five months. It hasn't been easy, but I have had excellent care from Christine and Phil has been a tremendous support and sounding board for me.
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> I have been advised that I need to do a Bariatric procedure before doing a transplant and I need to continue to use Milrinone until I get a new heart. I think it is the psychological aspect of all of this that is the hardest thing on a daily basis. I feel betrayed by my own body that leaves me feeling vulnerable and helpless consistently. I can't help but feel if my parents were alive and I had family support thru all of this, I would not feel so terribly alone.
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> It is so crazy to me that my existence has come down to a matter of dollars and cents. I have put off surgeries and medicine and sleep treatments because I just cannot afford it. I owe tons of money for various medical support services around my failing heart in addition to having to pay for food and a place to stay. It is insane that the $1000 I get each month from disability precludes me from getting other services because I earn too much. I even have to pay for my own insurance because I have to wait two years to be eligible for Medicare.
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> I keep wondering, "How did I get here"? Was it the cheesesteaks from Billybob's? LOL, Christine tells me that is not the reason, but I have to admit that it hurts my pride and my soul not to be able to take care of myself.
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> I know that I am in the middle of a dangerous waiting game. I need to move forward so that I can get a new heart before this one fails completely, but I can't progress since I can't afford even the basics for survival most times. There are those days that I just want to give up the fight, but then I feel like a coward and I wonder if I am just being readied by God for some ultimate purpose that I just cannot see yet. I am sorry that this update is a rambling one, but it pains me to say that I am scared and I don't know what the future holds.
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Update 3
Posted by Christine Bussey Singleton
19 months ago
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Al did secure an apartment with the generous funds that many contributed. Thank you. As well, a particularly benevolent alumna from '92 has been contributing to his monthly costs. Al continues on the intravenous medicine that is helping his heart pump function. Ever so slowly, this is becoming less effective as is expected. What he really needs is a new heart.

One of the challenges to be listed for a new heart is that he must lose weight. To say that this is difficult without the ability to exercise is an understatement. Recently, gastric bypass surgery was brought up as a potential option. Though he now has insurance, there is a $2500 co pay that is necessary. He has had to hold off on scheduling surgery until he can come up with the money.

Another intervention to lose weight and keep it off is to have additional treatment for his sleep apnea. Once again, a $500 co pay is required. He is in a holding pattern until he can produce the funds. Despite insurance, he also has to contribute to monthly medication costs which are currently around $3900 in arrears. I am hoping again for some help for Al.

A statement from Al is below:

Christine reminded me that I haven't given an update in a bit. I have been preparing myself for a heart transplant for the past five months. It hasn't been easy, but I have had excellent care from Christine and Phil has been a tremendous support and sounding board for me.
>
> I have been advised that I need to do a Bariatric procedure before doing a transplant and I need to continue to use Milrinone until I get a new heart. I think it is the psychological aspect of all of this that is the hardest thing on a daily basis. I feel betrayed by my own body that leaves me feeling vulnerable and helpless consistently. I can't help but feel if my parents were alive and I had family support thru all of this, I would not feel so terribly alone.
>
> It is so crazy to me that my existence has come down to a matter of dollars and cents. I have put off surgeries and medicine and sleep treatments because I just cannot afford it. I owe tons of money for various medical support services around my failing heart in addition to having to pay for food and a place to stay. It is insane that the $1000 I get each month from disability precludes me from getting other services because I earn too much. I even have to pay for my own insurance because I have to wait two years to be eligible for Medicare.
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> I keep wondering, "How did I get here"? Was it the cheesesteaks from Billybob's? LOL, Christine tells me that is not the reason, but I have to admit that it hurts my pride and my soul not to be able to take care of myself.
>
> I know that I am in the middle of a dangerous waiting game. I need to move forward so that I can get a new heart before this one fails completely, but I can't progress since I can't afford even the basics for survival most times. There are those days that I just want to give up the fight, but then I feel like a coward and I wonder if I am just being readied by God for some ultimate purpose that I just cannot see yet. I am sorry that this update is a rambling one, but it pains me to say that I am scared and I don't know what the future holds.
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$7,656 of $120k goal

Raised by 77 people in 27 months
Created January 29, 2015
Christine Bussey Singleton  
$10
Anonymous
4 months ago
$25
Maer Wilson
14 months ago

Dec 2015 Paperback royalties for THE DARK DOZEN

$101
Maer Wilson
14 months ago

Dec 2015 & Jan 2016 royalties from THE DARK DOZEN

$500
Anonymous
14 months ago
QL
$100
Quincy Lewis
16 months ago
$10
Anonymous
16 months ago
$100
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16 months ago
MS
$100
M Shindler
16 months ago
$50
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17 months ago
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17 months ago
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