In these last few weeks of fundraising, James and I cannot believe the outpouring of love and support. We have received overwhelmingly generous and truly incredible donations. Our loved ones from all over the world have made significant contributions, along with dear friends from the online world, and anonymous donations from strangers. It brings tears to our eyes. We are so grateful for the help during these difficult times.
We continue to fundraise with the goal of $10,000 in hopes to supplement James' disability and a few hours of part-time work on weekends. The cost of a year in Toronto is closer to $18,000 to $20,000, and that would only include rent, food, and transportation. We are fortunate to have universal health care in Canada, but that doesn't cover a large proportion of prescription medications that must be paid in advance (and are only reimbursed by a small percentage). There will be other medical costs to consider as James' health deteriorates, including oxygen supports, and mobility assistance devices.
We decided to have an online fundraiser on November 12, 2012 to celebrate James' 18-months post-transplant "lungiversary" and in hopes of completing our fundraising goal. It is difficult to ask for financial support with the knowledge that many of our friends and family members are also in need. "Toonies for Transplant" will hopefully allow family and friends to make a small contribution to our quest for lungs (and invite other friends and family to the "event"). The online fundraiser links to James' fundraising page (with less than a month to go). We are feeling optimistic about meeting our goal.