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Phil needs Lung Transplant Surgery, PLEASE HELP! ❤

$9,940 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 133 people in 3 months
Created November 22, 2018
Phil is my neighbor, and has become my dear friend. Phil was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Through no fault of his own, his lungs are failing him despite his extremely healthy lifestyle and zest for life. Phil is extremely intelligent, hysterically funny and kind, generous soul. For Phil to continue to "fall through the cracks" simply due to lack of funding, would be a tragedy for all who know him, and for the strangers he helps on a daily basis. Phil has so much life left and so much more to contribute to this world.

Now that he is a slave to the tether which supplies him 15 liters of oxygen just to stay alive, Phil spends his time researching and corresponding with patients like himself all over the country. In addition to providing and receiving moral support that keep himself and patients like him from succumbing to the depression and hoplessness that many face.

Phil has helped others come to terms with this disease. This includes advocating for better care from their doctors, many of whom are themselves unfamiliar with this rare disease. Helping them explain to family and friends how poorly they feel, since many, Phil included, don't "look" sick; or "look" like they have a fatal disease. He tries to be their cheerleader in dealing with their devastating diagnosis, and the steady debilitation that follows, all the while fighting these issues himself.

Phil does have insurance, which would cover the actual transplant, God willing, BUT he doesn't have the funds to even get on the list for the life saving organ he desperately needs. What most don't know, is that before one can be placed on "the list" they must pay oit of pocket to get to a hospital that will accept them for testing (approx 4-6 weeks). During this time, Phil will have to pay for lodging, food, transportation, and standard living costs JUST to be considered for the life saving organ(s).

Further, he must take an unpaid caregiver and financially support that person. Once he's approved and gets the lung(s) he will need to stay for at minimum 6 months, with the same out of pocket expenses, to make certain he is within a few minutes of the transplant hospital in case of body rejection or any minute infection that could take his life. These fees aren't covered by insurance, and that's while PHIL NEEDS YOU!!!


Phil does not have reliable transportation to get himself and his caregiver to a life saving hospital. He also has his best friend, Dutch, a special needs Dutch Shepherd, who will need to be rehomed or cared for during Phil's ordeal. With Dutch being an elder dog, euthanasia is a sad fate he could face. Extra funds raised will help Phil get the life saving treatments he needs without having to give up his best friend, and his protector. 

If Phil can get the donations he needs to SAVE HIS LIFE, he vows to spend his life and any time left, to pay it forward. His hope is to SAVE HIS own life so that he can make it easier for others in need of life saving organs. His goal would be to start a charity to help both patients and their unpaid caregivers receive low cost or completely sponsored accommodations while going through the grueling process of applying, qualifying and receiving the lifesaving organs they need.

Please, even if it's just a few dollars, help me help Phil. This wonderful man has so much left to do in this life! I feel honored to know Phil and pray that his story will touch your heart as much as it has mine. 

Thank you for taking the time to read a tiny snippet of my friend Phil's story. I wish you all health and blessings this holiday season. With gratitude and hope, Jessica

*Please see the updates section. Phil's story was picked up by our local CBS news. A link to the broadcast is in the updates section!* #CBS #Together4colorado 
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Hey everyone! We greatly appreciate your support, prayers and continued well wishes for Phil. He has started a FB page that will chronicle his journey. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2065820950374652/
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Happy Holidays Friends!
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through my home,
Not a creature was stirring, not even my cell phone.
The nebulizers were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Santa Transplant soon would be there.
My tired body was nestled all snug in my bed,
While visions of a new life danced in my head.
And my sweet dog Dutch in bed, and I in my c-pap,
Had just settled my brain for an Ambien nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I hobbled from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I coughed and sputtered,
Stepped on my oxygen tubing, tore open the shutters.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should I see,
But a miniature ambulance, and new lungs for me.
With a spunky driver, so lively and urgent,
I knew right away it must be the transplant surgeon.
More rapid than 911 his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called my name!
"Now Prograf! now, Prednisone! now, Cellcept and insulin!
On, Valcyte! On, Vfend! on, Septra and Amoxacillin!
With prayers and anticipation, I’m on top of the wall!
Now heal me, save me, bless my donor and all! "
As complications come, we’re in for a ride,
When met with an obstacle, the team’s at my side.
So up to the OR the courses we flew,
With the ambulance full of hope, and Santa Transplant too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard in my head,
The prancing and jiggling of each bottle of meds.
As I drew in my first breath, and was thrashing around,
Down the ICU hall, Santa Transplant came with a bound.
He was dressed all in scrubs, from his head to his feet,
And his delicate hands smelled of hand gel and coffee .
A bundle of meds he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
I hallucinated he was a reindeer, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mask was tied up like a bow,
And the hair on his head was as white as the snow.
For me, the vent was held tight in my teeth,
And oxygen encircled my head like a wreath.
I had a broad prednisone face and a little round belly,
That shook when I laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
Quickly I became chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And was so happy to breathe easy, in spite of myself!
A wink of my doc’s eye and a nod of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had little to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And checked all my labs, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, out of ICU he rose!
He sprang to his ambulance, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Transplant to all, and to all a good-night!”
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Phil's story was picked up by our local CBS news station. Here's a link to watch the broadcast and read his story! Please share on social media!! Thank you ❤
Aurora, GoFundMe, Lung Transplant, « CBS Denver
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/11/23/lung-transplant-uchealth
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