Friday, November 06, 2009

Woman needs financial help with her life-saving lung transplant

Holly Julian needs a lung transplant
Knowing the financial burden of out-of-pocket expenses associated with a lung transplant, in addition to any insurance coverage provided, one of my mandates is to help others in need and I'm pleased to post the plight of Holly Julian here. Her approach to seeking help is unique and I hope it's successful. The following is taken from her web site Hugs for Holly.

Holly Julian is now facing the biggest challenge of her life: a double lung transplant at University Transplant Center in San Antonio, Texas.

To help offset the costs associated with lung transplant surgery, University Transplant Center recommended that Holly and Steve Julian look into fundraising efforts supported by a non-profit organization such as National Foundation for Transplants.

Working with NFT, Holly and her husband, Steve, immediately began developing a team of friends to help with the fundraising. From their initial selection of a chairman and treasurer, the team grew quickly to 25.

Early in the process, the concept of “Hugs for Holly” was born. One of the team members, Hayley Carman, recalled that Holly signed her e.mails: “Hugs, Holly” and she developed the slogan. Holly loves to greet people with a hug, it is her way of saying “I care.”

So, for all the love Holly has given and for her determination to stay alive, it is the team’s way of saying, we care and love her.

With the help of her own knowledge and determination and the expert care of the doctors and their team at University Transplant Center, Holly Julian has every expectation of living a full and meaningful life as a result of lung transplant surgery. Won’t you join her friends and family as we endeavor to help her meet the challenges that face her in the future by donating to Hugs for Holly today.

Read Holly's Story.

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