Lung Transplant for Gary States
UPDATE: Since the recording of this video in October 2013 a lot has happened.
On November 27, 2014 Gary’s Mom passed away. Even though his Mom won’t be here to witness his journey, Gary knows she is with him in spirit everyday.
In February 2015, Gary received a call from the Transplant Team requesting that he come to Toronto as soon as he can make arrangements for travel and accommodations.
On April 1, 2015 Gary left for Toronto to be close to the hospital where his transplant will be performed.
On August 3, 2015, Gary received a call from the Transplant Team advising him that they had procured a set of lungs for him and that he had to report to the hospital to prep for surgery. He was very excited and grateful that he was about to get a new lease on life. Unfortunately, this excitement sadly turned to disappointment when, after further assessment of the lungs, the Transplant Team determined that they were not suitable. Although he was very disappointed, Gary is still optimistic that he will get his lungs soon. The timelines for a transplant are dependent on finding a matching donor. To date they have not found another one for Gary, which is why his stay must be extended.
It has been a year since Gary went to Toronto. The funds raised in 2013 were used to cover some of his living expenses in while there. Those funds will be completely exhausted by the end of April 2016. We now need to raise additional funds, to enable him to extend his stay until he gets his two new lungs. He is hoping that day will come soon.
We hope that you will consider making a donation to Gary’s healing cause.
Gary’s family and friends
To learn more about Gary’s journey see below:
Hello, my name is Gary States and I am now 60 years old. In February 2010, I was initially diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but my condition has since been upgraded to emphysema. My Doctor has detemined that I am in need of a double lung transplant.
Since my diagnosis, I had to resign from my place of employment and have found that walking or participating in the everyday activities, which most people take for granted, has become extremely difficult. I can only walk very short distances because of my poor lung function.
My Mom, who was a constant support to me, got sick in the fall of 2014 and passed away in November 2014. I miss having her in my life. She hoped to see me get my new lungs and prayed that I would live a long and healthy life. Unfortunately she will not be here to witness my health transformation.
My name was placed on the transplant list in August 2013 and I got a call to come to Toronto in April 2015. A transplant will significantly improve my health and quality of life.
Where is the surgery performed?
Transplant surgery is not performed in my home province of Nova Scotia. I have to stay in Toronto pending my surgery and for a period of time thereafter. I could be called at any time to get my transplant so I have to be no more than two hours away from the Toronto General Hospital.
The Transplant Team is closely monitoring me to ensure that I remain healthy and strong enough to undergo this major surgery.
We urgently need to raise funds!!!!
This is of grave concern for me. I am so close to having my transplant. Without these funds I will have to return home without my new lungs.
While the Provincial Government continues to provide some funding, we also need to raise funds to continue to cover some living expenses, that are not covered by the Government.
I have been in Toronto for the past year and could be here for another year or more. We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 as soon as possible so I can remain here until I have my transplant.
I am depending on your support to help us to quickly raise these funds, so that I will not have to come home without my transplant. I am continuing to doing everything I can to stay healthy while I am waiting. Please do not let a lack of funding prevent me from receiving my transplant.
We know that raising these funds will be a huge undertaking. With your support I am confident that we will reach our goal.
Thank you for your support and may God Bless You!