Nobody likes rejection, right? Well, we here at the Lung Transplant Foundation absolutely hate it. Why? Because “rejection” is a medical term used to describe the condition in which a lung transplant recipient’s body starts to “reject” his or her new lungs. It happens eventually to every recipient, usually after a few years, and at a much higher rate than with other organ transplants. We don’t really know why. That’s why the Lung Transplant Foundation is here. To figure out this mystery and increase the survival rates of lung transplant recipients everywhere. But, as you know, detective work isn’t cheap. Research costs millions of dollars. We hope you, our welcome visitor, will consider donating to our anti-rejection campaign.
Why should I give? Unless you are a transplant recipient or a patient’s loved one, you may not immediately see a compelling reason to donate to this specific cause. But here are three reasons why you should:
1) People. We are all human beings spinning around on this big ball, and lung diseases cause major suffering. When you can’t breathe, it’s difficult to do anything else. A common misconception is that most people with lung disease have smoked. In fact, lung diseases affect the innocent and the young, millions in the United States alone. A lung transplant gives people their lives back, giving them the ability to talk on the phone, laugh, eat out, go to school, shop, travel and raise kids. If you want to see how much of a difference a lung transplant can make in one’s life, click here for a video story.
2) The warm-and-fuzzies. Let’s talk about you now. You’re a good person. We know this because you actually took time to visit our nonprofit’s website and see what it’s about. So go ahead. Take your kindness to the next level and make a contribution. No donation is too small, and you’ll have the gratitude of patients everywhere who are hoping for life-extending answers.
3) Rejection shouldn’t be deadly. If you’ve ever been rejected by a lover, a loan officer or an employer, you might feel like you’re going to die, but the chances are pretty good that you survived. (In fact, we know you did because you’re reading this.) But only 50 percent of lung transplant patients are alive five years after surgery because “chronic rejection” – or for you science brainiacs who want to know the medical term for it – bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome – scars the new lungs, causing the airways to narrow and eventually steal one’s breath. The life expectancy for lung transplant recipients is worse than for patients who receive kidneys or livers, for example. We need to know why, so that researchers can develop effective treatments. We’ve watched way too many great people die too soon.
So there’s our case. We appreciate your contribution toward helping us fight rejection. And here’s hoping that you don’t experience any in the near future, either. Thanks for visiting.