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Transplant Type: Double-Lung
In 1997, while undergoing preoperative testing for what would have been his fifth back operation, he was told that in addition to his existing emphysema, he had developed cancer in his left lung. They removed half of his left lung and stopped the cancer, but his emphysema continued to progress. In 2014 he was placed on oxygen and in 2015 he was diagnosed with end-stage COPD. Russ is no stranger to the effects of lung disease. He has a long family history of lung illnesses, including his brother who lost his fight to lung cancer at the very young age of 53. Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical for Russ’s survival.
During such a challenging time, Russ is thankful to be surrounded by a strong and loving family. His high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Colleen, has been by his side every step of this journey.Their three wonderful children have blessed Colleen and Russ with six grandchildren that are the light of Russ’s life. This family has had to remain strong and positive through some very tough times. Russ looks forward to the transplant that will once again allow him to enjoy the simple things in life like singing a song and playing with his grandkids. But right now, he needs your help.
The average double-lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Russ. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Massachusetts Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Russ Dwyer" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: Massachusetts General
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