5K to help Deltona, Fla. ransplant patient

Deltona, Fla., July 24, 2015 – Estelle Singleton-Fenderson, of Deltona, spent most of her childhood in the hospital because of asthma, bronchitis and other upper respiratory conditions. It wasn’t until the 2000s that she was diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a genetic lung disease.

Doctors say a lung transplant is critical to her survival. While awaiting her transplant, Singleton-Fenderson, 62, relies on the assistance of an oxygen tank 24 hours a day.

The average lung transplant costs approximately $550,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, which will cover the cost of the transplant, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.

When she receives her transplant, Singleton-Fenderson must temporarily relocate more than 100 miles from her home to be near the hospital during the recovery period, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging.

For fundraising support and guidance, Singleton-Fenderson 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.

“My heart goes out to Estelle,” said Samantha Palazolo, NFT fundraising consultant. “I know she’d love nothing more than to be running around, playing with her grandkids. At NFT, we want to help her raise the funds she needs to focus on her health and happiness instead of stressing out about the medical bills.”

Saturday, Aug. 8, volunteers are holding a “Hope 4 Lungs,” a 5K race at New Hope Baptist Church, 2855 Lake Helen-Osteen Rd. in Deltona.

The race will begin at 7 a.m., and advance registration (before Aug. 2) is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 4-16; after Aug. 2 the fees go up to $25 and $12. Children 3 and under are free.

For more information, please contact Michelle Maclin at 386-532-8291or Hope 4 Lungs on Event Brite.

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Singleton-Fenderson, please send a contribution to the NFT Florida Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Estelle Singleton-Fenderson” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Singleton-Fenderson.

About NFT
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 and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $72 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 visit www.transplants.org.
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