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Donice "Dawn" Pinegar

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Transplant Type - Lung

In 1999, Donice accidentally inhaled pool chemicals and lost 40 percent of her lung function within five minutes. After the accident, she learned she was suffering from alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic disorder that can severely damage the lungs and the liver. Over the years, her lungs have worsened, and now doctors say a lung transplant is essential to her survival.

Before she became ill, she stayed active by walking three miles every day and volunteering at her children’s ballgames. Now, she can’t even watch her grandkids’ games from the sidelines because it’s too difficult to breathe surrounded by so many people. After receiving her transplant, she looks forward to going to the movies, driving by herself and taking her grandchildren to Disneyland and the park. More than anything, she wants to spend many more years with her loved ones. But right now, she needs your help.

The average lung transplant costs approximately $550,000. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant itself, she still faces significant medical expenses related to the surgery. She will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. These medications are very costly, and they’re as important to her survival as the transplant itself.

When she receives her transplant, she must temporarily relocate 200 miles from her home to be near the hospital for at least six weeks during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. Because of her declining health, she had to stop working, adding to the financial strain.

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

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