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Ric's Journey to Cleveland Clinic

$3,185 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 6 months
Created August 24, 2017
Ric Williams has been diagnosed with terminal pulmonary fibrosis. He needs new lungs in order to survive. Without new lungs, he has less than a year remaining with his wife and his family. In 2003 he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, then in 2004, the RA began to attack his lungs. His immune system viewed his lungs as a foreign object and began to destroy them. For the last few years doctors were able to hold the RA in check with treatments and medication. In the last few months, the fibrosis has taken over both of his lungs and now he struggles to breath constantly. Every step depletes what little oxygen he has in his body.

Having been unable to return to work several years ago, he was forced into disability, and his wife became his full time caregiver. Living this way for the past several years has taken everything they have. They are now struggling to afford medical treatment, gas for driving to and from the hospital, and struggling to keep food on the table. On top of all this, they are literally fighting for Ric's life.

The Cleveland Clinic has agreed to evaluate him and see if he is a candidate for a lung transplant. The health insurance company is fighting tooth and nail to find any reason to say no, and condemn Ric as a fight not worth fighting while the doctors say otherwise. Ric's wife has been trying to work with them in every angle possible just to transport Ric via medical transport from Branson, MO to Cleveland clinic.

Both Ric and his wife feel so blessed to have encountered so many caring people throughout this journey. As friends of Ric's family, we are now asking for our community to come together and help a man that was raised right here in Toledo. We are raising funds to not only transport Ric from Branson to Cleveland, but also to start paying off old and new medical bills, and hopefully find a way to keep a roof over their heads.

If you are able to help, any donation is greatly appreciated. The journey from Branson to Cleveland is roughly 850 miles. If we can support him that far, we can only pray that The Cleveland Clinic can find answers and give Ric the life he deserves. Please join us in prayer for Ric and his family during this time.
Thank you for all of your support and God Bless! ❤️
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I can’t believe it has been a month since Rics passing. I still thank God for each one of you. You helped us bring him home so he could fight to the very end. He wanted to spend his remaining time with family. He didn’t know if that would be months or years, but he at least went out fighting surrounded by family. May God abundantly bless each one of you for your generosity. There is no way to repay you for allowing us to spend those final days here in Cleveland. I will do my absolute best to live each day in a way that honors my husband and my God.
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I wanted to thank you all for your generous support. We made it to the Cleveland Clinic, but just not in time. The transplant team rushed Ric through the critical testing and discovered he had declined to far to fact. Ric was no longer eligible for a transplant. On Wednesday, October 4, at 5:02am, Ric peacefully took the hand of Jesus and went home.
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Ric has been following doctors orders, and is walking and strengthening his body. I have been busy packing in between meals and medications. The moving truck will be loaded on Tuesday, and we should be heading out on Wednesday. We couldn't be doing this without all of your support and prayers. How do we ever thank you all enough? Each of you are miracles sent from above.
Our lab, Kylis, watching out for Ric
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Thank you all so much for caring enough to help us through this first hurdle in Rics care. Miracles abound when Gods people work together. We are humbled by your love and support.
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Raised by 34 people in 6 months
Created August 24, 2017
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