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We're thrilled to report that Brian received his transplant on November 29, 2015!
Since the late 90s, he has battled asthma, but his health issues became much worse when he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2009. He also suffered from bronchiectasis and has battled multiple infections. Doctors said a double-lung transplant was critical to his survival. While awaiting his transplant, Brian relied on an oxygen tank for every breath.
Despite these challenges, he remains positive thanks to his strong faith and the love and support of his wife, Karen, and their daughter Kim. He tends to worry far more about how his loved ones are coping with his illness rather than focus on himself. Itís been especially difficult for his daughter as she is away at college, and she often worries about her dadís well-being. Brian looks forward to overcoming this health battle so he can have his life back to do things for himself, be able to help others and resume quality time with family and friends.
Brian is always one to go out of his way to help others in need, and itís difficult for him to ask for help now that the roles are reversed. But right now, thatís exactly what he needs.
The average double-lung transplant costs nearly $800,000. And thatís only the beginning. Although his health insurance will cover the cost of the transplant itself, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery.
For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to his survival as the transplant. He enjoyed his job as an insurance fraud investigator for 30 years, but his declining health forced him to retire in 2010, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Brian. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Massachusetts Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Brian Cerullo" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: *[Massachusetts General Hospital|http://www.massgeneral.org/]*