Sunday, August 31, 2008

For a friend

This is a letter from my friend, Emily. If you can help out at all, it would be wonderful! Please pass the letter along to anyone you might know. Thanks!



Lee Bass, a 56 year old resident of Kingwood Texas was diagnosed with Hepatitis C Male End Stage Liver Disease. The only thing that could preserve his life was a liver transplant. Lee does not have medical insurance of any kind. The financial coordinator at Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Liver Center encouraged Lee’s Family to raise money with the National Foundation for Transplants. They are a 501c-3 Not For Profit group. A committee of Lee’s friends and family raised $26,000 in 6 months and he also had his transplant around 3 years ago. The funds have gone quickly, as just Lee’s anti-rejection medicine alone can cost up to $5000 a month. And he may have to start Interferon again. Interferon is a chemo type drug that works against the Hepatitis increasing the lifespan of Lee’s new liver.

I am sending this letter in the hopes that you may be able to help with Lee’s situation. Taking away the pressure of the heavy cost of many prescriptions needed to keep Lee alive is our goal.

The National Foundation for Transplants organization assists transplant patients nationwide in raising funds for lifesaving surgery and their aftercare. The involvement of NFT ensures that all donations for Lee are tax deductible and that funds raised will NOT be used for any other purpose other than to pay Lee’s Transplant related expenses.

Monetary donations or questions can be answered by the staff and NFT. The phone number is 800-489-3863. There is also a website now you can find it at www.transplants.org. There is a “find a patient” link and you can find my father there.

Any size donation is beneficial to Lee. The medicine he takes to survive. Help us keep him around a little longer.

Thank you in advance,

Emily

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