Friday, September 7, 2012 —
Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 6, 2012 – David Edwards, of Charlotte,
needs a lifesaving kidney and liver transplant, but the expenses are
standing in the way between him and the transplant waiting list.
Before he can be added to the list, he must begin fundraising to prove
he can afford his post-transplant care and medications.
For 63-year-old Edwards, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat
veteran, his strong faith in God is everything, as it sees him through
even the most difficult days. He and his wife, Rose, have three
children and three grandchildren, who mean the world to them both.
The average liver and kidney transplant costs nearly $1 million. And
that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, he 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. Because of
his declining health, David can no longer work in sales, adding to his
To help alleviate the financial burden, Edwards turned to the National
Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance with some of these
financial burdens. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients
raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.
“It breaks my heart to see someone face such a terrible illness like
this,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “At NFT, we
want to help David, Rose and their family raise the necessary funds so
they can focus on his health instead of the soaring medical expenses.”
Volunteers are holding a poker tournament Saturday, Sept. 22 from
12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fanz Sports Grill, 3425 David Cox Rd. in
Charlotte.*Tournament buy-in is $55, and there will be cash and other
prizes for winners. Players can sign up at the restaurant between
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. the day of the event.
For more information, contact Ayeesha Jahi at 718-415-7889
To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Edwards, please send a
contribution to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar
Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119*.*Please be sure to write “in honor
of David Edwards” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made
online atwww.transplants.org <http://www.transplants.org> select
“Find an NFT Patient” to locate Edwards.
NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that
has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles
since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise to transplant patients
by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities.
NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $60 million to
assist patients. NFT assists more than 2,500 transplant candidates and
recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call
800-489-3863 or visitwww.transplants.org <http://www.transplants.org>.