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We're thrilled to report that Dale received his transplant on June 10, 2013!
In 2003, he began experiencing stomach pains that escalated for two years; then he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Medical paper work from his gall bladder surgery in 1997 showed that he suffered from hemochromatosis, a genetic disorder that runs in his family and causes excess iron to build up in the liver, eventually causing cirrhosis. The diagnosis went untreated for several years. In 2005, he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.
Doctors said a liver transplant was essential to his survival. Sadly, he also had three cancerous lesions on his liver, and if another one had appeared, he would have no longer been eligible for transplantation.
Throughout this health battle, Dale’s wife of two years, Nicole, has been his rock. She not only takes care of him, but she often works extra hours to make ends meet and is a loving, attentive mother to her teenage daughter. He looks forward to feeling healthy again and going back to work to take some of the burden off of Nicole. He also hopes to one day return to volunteering in his church, something he loved so much before his illness forced him to stop. More than anything, he dreams of spending many more years with his loved ones. But right now, he needs your help.
The average liver transplant costs approximately $575,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, he still faces significant medical expenses related to the transplant. He will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. These medications are very costly, and they’re as important to his survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Dale. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Pennsylvania Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Dale Mann" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
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