August Patient of the Month: Cody Sheets

August 4, 2010

When he was just 2 years old, Cody was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a lung disease that affects about 30,000 people in the United States. Though he was able to live a relatively normal life and was only hospitalized once because of his illness, his health began to worsen in 2009. Last year Cody spent almost 3 months in and out of the hospital, including several stays in the ICU.

Doctors told Cody a double-lung transplant was critical to his survival. Thankfully, he received his lifesaving transplant August 4 and is doing well. We wish him the very best in his recovery!

A double-lung transplant costs approximately $650,000. And that's only the beginning. Cody faces significant medical expenses related to his transplant. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The cost of post-transplant medications can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month--and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

Cody's hometown of Yukon, OK has dedicated Saturday, August 28 to Cody as they have multiple events planned throughout the city in his honor. Events include a car show, pancake breakfast, motorcycle run, golf tournament and run/walk.

If you live in the Oklahoma City area and would like to be involved at any of these events, e-mail us at info@transplants.org so we can connect you with the appropriate volunteer in Cody's campaign. If you would like to make a donation to NFT in honor of Cody, visit his web bio on the NFT site.