Cotton candy stand to help local transplant patient

Plymouth, Mich., July 1, 2015 – In 2010, Michele Scott, of Howell, was diagnosed with an array of health issues, including pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and connective tissue disease, all of which have damaged her lungs.

Doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to her survival.

The average double-lung transplant costs approximately $800,000. While her insurance will cover a portion of the transplant costs, Scott, 57, 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.

For fundraising support, Scott 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 Michele,” said Samantha Palazolo, NFT fundraising consultant. “I’m hopeful she’ll receive her transplant soon, and everyone at NFT is dedicated to helping her raise the funds she needs to focus on her health and her family instead of worrying about the medical expenses.”

During the July 10-12 Art in the Park fair in downtown Plymouth, Scott’s volunteers will be selling cotton candy and accepting donations to help offset her transplant-related expenses.
For more information about the event, contact Ryan Scott at 310-384-1950.

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Scott, please send a contribution to the NFT Michigan Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Michele Scott” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online.

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 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