Dinner to help local heart transplant recipient

E. Brady, Pa., Oct. 11, 2016– In 2003, John McHaddon, of Karns City, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and doctors said a heart transplant was critical. To serve as a bridge to transplant, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted to act as a mechanical heart.

McHaddon, 61, received his lifesaving transplant on July 29.

The average heart transplant costs nearly $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

For fundraising expertise and guidance, McHaddon turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that helps patients offset their transplant-related expenses through their community-based fundraising program.

“I’m thrilled that John has received his transplant,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “But many people don’t realize the lifetime of expenses transplant patients face. At NFT, we want to help him raise the funds he needs to keep his new heart healthy and functioning properly.”

To help offset his expenses, volunteers are holding a beef tips fundraising dinner on Friday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Township VFD, 110 Rodgers Rd. in E. Brady.

Entry is $20 per person (children under 10 are free), and the event will include live music, a bake sale, auction and raffle.

For more information, contact Lori Huber at 724-545-6739.

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

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 $77 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.