Tucker Gordon has been dealing with cystic fibrosis his whole life. Its a hereditary chronic disease that effects your pancreas, lungs and other vital organs. After 25 years of treatments, medicine, and many days and nights spent in the hospital, his lungs are close to giving up and Tuckers only hope is to receive a double lung transplant. Receiving a double lung transplant is more of a process than you would think-you don't receive the lungs and then go home. Once you are accepted by a hospital like DUKE your family has to promise to be fully committed mentally, physically, and financially. Although the mental part will come natural, the other two are a struggle. You have to promise that all all times(24 hours a day seven days a week) there will be someone there for the patient that will be willing to take care and watch over him. This is a process that takes minimum of three months after the transplant. This person will have to drive the patient to and from their rehab help with medicine and iv's, and be able to live in the duke area out of a hotel for that whole time. This is a huge financial problem when most hotels withe the medical discount in that area is about on avg 90$ a night. They don't want to transplant patients who wont be able to receive the proper care after and be able to heal right so they make sure that you have the proper funding. If everything was to go perfect and Tucker was released to go home after three months that is still over 8000 just in living. Not including gas, food, medicine etc. We were lucky enough to have insight on this early and raise money for Chantel and with help of family and friends get the money together. Not everyone is as fortunate and you can imagine being a single mom and having to pay her rent, tuckers rent, and now rent in DUKE this is close to impossible without help. Please think about Tucker and without these lungs he cant get better. Chantel finally had the chance to see what it was like to breathe and she told me it was the best feeling in the world. Lets give Tucker that chance and the chance to keep living a better life. Anything will help.
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