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Wayne Post
  • Jamboree to assist double-lung transplant patient

  • In 2000, Tracy Elliott, 48, began experiencing breathing difficulties while walking. After receiving a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), doctors said a double-lung transplant was critical to her survival.

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  • Most of us can’t even imagine what it would be like to struggle for every breath. For Tracy Elliott, that’s the reality she faces each day, as she’s awaiting a lifesaving double-lung transplant.
    In 2000, Tracy Elliott, 48, began experiencing breathing difficulties while walking. After receiving a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), doctors said a double-lung transplant was critical to her survival.
    The average double-lung transplant costs approximately $800,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, she still faces significant medical expenses related to the transplant. For the rest of her life, Elliott will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very pricey, and they are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
    To help alleviate the financial burden, Elliott turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance with some of these financial burdens. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.
    “My heart goes out to Tracy, and I hope this event is a huge success,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “At NFT, we’re dedicated to helping these volunteers raise the funds Tracy needs so she can focus on her health, not the medical expenses.”
    On Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 7 p.m., volunteers are holding a jamboree at the Newark Elk’s Lodge No. 1249, 233 S. Main St. in Newark.
    Admission is $5 per person, and the event will include live entertainment from four local bands, as well as a special guest.
    For more information, contact Bobbie Elliott at 331-6948 or tbulman@rochester.rr.com.   
    To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Elliott, please send a contribution to the NFT New York Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Tracy Elliott” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Elliott.
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