Gary States Benefit Fund

Update posted by Iona Duncan-States On May 25, 2016

We Have Great News!!!!!!

It has been awhile since we updated our campaign, but a lot has happened.

Gary received great news!

On April 15, 2016 (one year to the day from when he left to go to Toronto to await his transplant) Gary received a call, informing him that two new lungs had been procured for him and that he had to report to the hospital immediately to be prepared for surgery.

On April 18, 2016, he underwent major surgey to have his transplant performed.

It took a few days before the surgery could be performed because the Dr's had to examine the lungs to ensure they were viable. The time from when he got the call to when the surgery was begun was a very nervous period. We were afraid he would again be told they were not viable. Needless to say, we breathed a sigh of relief when we got word that the transplant was a go.

It has been a little over a month since Gary's surgery and we are happy to report that the transplant was a success. So far all signs point to a full recovery. He is getting stronger every day.

Gary's life will be forever changed thanks to the family of his donor who courageously agreed to organ donation; to the surgeons who performed the surgery; and to the generous financial support of donors.

But Gary's journey is not quite finished.

As part of his recovery plan, he has to remain in Toronto for another 2 months. During this time he will be monitored by the Transplant Team and will have regular physiotherapy and follow-up appointments. To help defray some of his expenses for the next two months he will still need your support for a little while longer

Thank you for your financial and spiritual support during the past year.


Iona Duncan-States

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Update posted by Iona Duncan-States On Mar 16, 2016

Hello everyone!

We have had to re-open our fundraising campaign because, Gary is still in Toronto awaiting his double lung transplant. The funds raised in 2013 will run out on May 1, 2016. If we do not replenish these funds as soon as possible, Gary will have to come home before he receives his transplant.

Because we do not know how much longer Gary will have to stay in Toronto, we need to raise funds in anticipation that he will be there for at least another year or more. We are hoping to raise approximately $10,00 to help cover some of his living expenses for that period of time.

Please have a look at our homepage for more details. There is also a video statement from Gary and an update on the past year.

We hope you will assist us in reaching our fundraising goal.

Thank you in advance,

Sincerely, Gary and Family

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Veronica Marsman

Backed with $100.00 On May 09, 2016


We were so happy to hear from April that you recently received your transplant and are doing well. We wish you a speedy recovery.

Nancy & Sarah Griffith

Backed with $25.00 On Apr 26, 2016


We wish you every success in meeting your goal or at least, coming close to it. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Jean T Tardif

Backed On Oct 29, 2013 Amount Hidden


Good Luck Gary


Backed with $30.00 On Oct 27, 2013


Hey Gary! No mountain is too steep, when you have the support of family and friends. We have your back! Stay well and stay strong! Elizabeth, Jim, Kyle & Tasia

Iona Duncan-States

Backed with $100.00 On Oct 25, 2013

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