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National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) (Doylestown, PA)

Ed and Cassandra's Family and Friends have chosen to fundraise with National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) in part because NTAF provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses. Your donated ink cartridges are a welcomed contribution to this fundraising campaign.

Two years ago, Ed Brandecker Sr. was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, a degenerative kidney disease. In the fall of 2010 the disease had progressed dramatically and Ed’s kidney function has severely dropped putting him in end stage renal failure. He was undergoing dialysis three times a week, 4 hours each time, deeply affecting his quality of life and his ability to work.

The good news is, his wife, Cassandra, was a match. She gave Ed her heart in marriage just over 6 years ago and gave him the "gift of life" with her kidney donation. After months of testing and preparation a date was finally set and Ed received his living donor kidney transplant on August 19, 2010. The couple and their families couldn’t be happier. Transplants, however, are extremely expensive, and costs can be devastating.  Even though the insurance company covered most of the procedure, there are payments for hospital visits, co-pays, deductibles, insurance premiums, clinics, and medications needed for the rest of his life that insurance will not cover.

Although the transplant has been successful, the extra expenses and lack of income continue to be a heavy burden.

It’s never easy to ask for assistance, but affording the recovery time and non-covered medical expenses and insurance premiums related to  a living organ donation / transplant surgery is a very difficult challenge and Ed and Cassie need our help. Your financial gifts and prayers are greatly appreciated and have already helped them through recovery by helping them with their household expenses while they were both out of work, as well as covering the expenses detailed above.

with sincere gratitude,
Lynne Getchell Heath
Cassandra’s sister

For more information, please contact NTAF at 800-642-8399 or visit http://www.ntafund.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/B054A7B0-BBDF-1C19-8A652EFEC20D4E6C

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