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Fundraising

During the financial interview at the transplant center, a counselor will give you an estimate of the typical expenses associated with transplant. Some insurance policies offer financial assistance and reimbursement for travel and relocation expenses. Open the dialogue now with family and friends, asking for assistance to help offset the expenses and to come up with fundraising ideas and a plan. This may seem like a difficult task now, but you will likely have more time now than you will amid the daily pressures of caregiving after the transplant. Setting up a fund, reaching out within your community, your workplace, church family, local organizations, neighborhoods and schools for help will ease the financial burden as the surgery draws near. Fundraisers are great opportunities for communities to come together and for friends and families to show their support. There are many creative ways to raise money: walk-a-thons, sporting events, concerts, and dinners.

Close family and friends may ask if they can personally help. If ever there is a time to say YES, it is now. Establish a network of family and friends to assist you and identify backup caretakers who can provide respite care when you need it. The long term-financial needs of a lung transplant patient are extensive. By rallying support now and helping friends and family to understand this extreme situation, you will help the patient in the long run.

The transplant journey is an extraordinary experience that reaches beyond most people’s normal scope of medical expenses in perhaps a lifetime. Creating a supportive network is key. Don’t be too proud or embarrassed to ask for the help you need financially and emotionally.

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