A Matter of Life and Breath
Bob Anderson has been married to his best friend, Kari, for 32-years. They have three children and two grand daughters.
Three years ago, Bob was in good health. He just started a new job with the Nevada Division of Insurance and was in the prime of life at age 54.
Within a short period of time and without any warning signs, Bob developed a chronic dry cough. He became short of breath after minimal exertion and felt fatigued in the middle of the afternoon. Antibiotics did not help and new symptoms in the form of swollen joints, hair loss and skin rashes added to the dry cough and fatigue. Bob was hospitalized in April of 2010 and was diagnosed with idiopathic (ILD) interstitial lung disease.
A series of treatments were prescribed over the next two-years, but the lung tissue became permanently scarred. By January 2011, Bob’s lungs were only functioning at 30 percent and he had no choice except to become a long term disabled state retiree. Now, with many medical tests completed, Bob has been listed as a lung transplant candidate with the (UCSF) University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.
Over these three-years, Bob has exhausted all savings. He needs financial assistance to cover insurance deductibles, co-pays, out-of-pocket cost, travel expenses and short term housing in San Francisco to ensure his lung transplant and recovery can be performed.
Please help Bob meet his financial obligations associated with the lung transplant. Total cost and expenses not covered by insurance are estimated to exceed $ 9,000 per year.