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Transplant Type - Double-Lung

When she was 2, doctors discovered a brain tumor, which required chemotherapy. The following year, she underwent radiation to her head and spine. At ages 11 and 12, she successfully completed treatments for two more brain tumors.

In 2010, she was unable to breathe, and her parents rushed her to the ER, where she was put into a drug-induced coma. After eight weeks, she was able to return home, but later that year was hospitalized again for seven weeks, four of which she required life support. Sadly, the chemotherapy and radiation caused severe scarring of her lungs, leading to pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and interstitial lung disease. She’s only 27, but doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to her survival.

As you can imagine, this has been a very stressful time for Anya and her parents, but it has also made the tight-knit family even closer. Anya is thankful for her strong faith and the love and support of her family and friends, who mean so much to her. When she feels well enough, she loves knitting, crafts, watching movies and spending time with her friends. Anya is a fighter, and she’s determined to live her life to the fullest. She hopes a transplant will allow her to resume her normal life and once again go on mission trips, something she has truly missed since her health declined. She dreams of traveling and getting out of the house more. But right now, she needs your help.

The average double-lung transplant costs nearly $800,000. And that’s only the beginning. Although her health insurance will cover the transplant itself, she’ll still face expenses for follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications for the rest of her life.

When she receives her transplant, Anya and her mother must temporarily relocate 450 miles from their home to be near the transplant center for up to a year during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging.

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Anya. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Michigan Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Anya Maciulewski" on the memo line.

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