Toni's Double Lung Transplant

$39,326 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 391 people in 1 month
Created February 12, 2019
Friends and family (new and old, near and far),

We don't really share much of our personal lives.  But, here we are compelled to share and are in need of some assistance. Please read our mom's story below, but if not, short and sweet: our mom is listed to receive a double lung transplant because she cannot breathe on her own without high flow oxygen at the hospital, due to multiple disorders. With her in hospital stay, the transplant, medications, out of network procedures and post-surgery care giving, we will be accumulating multiple, and very expensive bills. We appreciate any and all help for our family.

Those of you who know our mom know that she has a very active lifestyle, whether it's teaching classes at LA Fitness, doing in-home private massages for friends and clients, teaching CPR and First Aid classes, as well as teaching courses at William Paterson University for the Department of Kinesiology as an Associate Professor, sometimes all four happen in a single day. Our mom has always been known as the workaholic, because she loves what she does. She loves spreading awareness for healthy and active lives. At the age of 60, our mom earned her doctorate in Movement Science and her deep love for the profession and teaching is what kept her motivated.

Our mom has been diagnosed with Limited Scleroderma, which has caused her to obtain the disorder of Pulmonary Hypertension. Basically, she can no longer breathe on her own.

Scientifically, PH is a type of high blood pressure that affects the pulmonary artery, lungs and the right side of your heart.  As the pressure builds, your heart's lower right chamber (right ventricle) must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, eventually causing your heart muscle to weaken and fail.

It all started with getting a little out of breath from walking long distances or up a small set of stairs, however that quickly began to change. This summer our mom went on a road trip with her friends, bringing her oxygen for when needed. At the end of September, she wasn't sure if she could leave the house (and her oxygen tanks) for Ricky's birthday dinner, but brought her portable tank. For Thanksgiving, she was on oxygen 24/7.

Eventually our mom revealed to us that she was in need of a double lung transplant. However, she was going to need multiple tests and doctors appointments to qualify for the transplant and be placed on the transplant list.

Fast forward, at this point in time our mom has been at New York Presbyterian Hospital since January 9th, on high oxygen flow, 24/7, and watched by nurses and doctors regularly.

Thankfully, we learned on February 6th that she has been listed on the Lung Transplant list!! At any moment we can receive the call that she goes into surgery to receive new lungs and get a second chance at life and her active lifestyle!

With the preliminary tests and appointments, current hospital stay, out of network procedures, eventual transplant, medications and post transplant care giving, the overwhelming expenses will have added up and the insurance company will not be covering everything. We are asking you to help our family defer costs in order for our mom to return to a normal life after her transplant.

Love, Stevie and Ricky

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Hi everyone! Thank you all sooo much for you prayers and support! I just want to update you all, my mom had her lung transplant last night and everything went just as planned! Currently she's recovering in the ICU to help her breath with the new lungs. Now we hope for a speedy recovery! Thank you all, again! ❤️
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Thank you everyone, it is unbelievable that we've hit our goal in a day and half!! We have never been more grateful. My brother has been able to begin paying my mom's preliminary test bills that weren't covered by insurance. We can't say it enough, THANK YOU!!!
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$39,326 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 391 people in 1 month
Created February 12, 2019
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