Jambalaya supper to assist local heart transplant patient

Ben Disher


Jambalaya supper to assist local heart transplant patient

Ponchatoula, La., May 8, 2014 – Ben Disher, 48, suffers from viral cardiomyopathy, and a heart transplant is critical to his survival.

Disher is the son Benjamin Carl Disher and Dorothy Jean Joiner Disher, and the grandson of the late Brennan and Evenlyn Disher and Henriette and Bubby Joiner.

In the late 90s, Disher visited his doctor while suffering from what he thought was the flu. His doctor immediately sent him to the hospital and directed him to go to the ICU. He is extremely grateful that his doctor took his condition seriously, as later that afternoon, Ben went into full cardiac arrest.

After years of medications and reliance on a pacemaker, his heart has deteriorated to a point where, doctors now say a heart transplant is essential to his survival. He is on the heart transplant waiting list at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

The average heart transplant costs approximately $1 million. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant itself, he still faces significant medical expenses related to the surgery. He will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. These medications are very costly, and they are as important to his survival as the transplant itself.

“I know this is so hard for Ben, and I know he wants nothing more than to be healthy enough to spend more time with his sons,” said Samantha Palazolo, NFT fundraising consultant. “I’m thrilled he has such a wonderful support system around him to help him raise the funds he needs. At NFT, we’re happy to join with them to see that he raises the funds necessary to afford his medical treatment.”

Saturday, May 17 from noon to 3 p.m., volunteers are holding a jambalaya supper at the new Warehouse 140 Restaurant and Saloon, 140 N. Barrone St. in Ponchatoula.

This event is a sneak peek for Warehouse 140, which opens to the public in June.

Jambalaya plates are $7 each, and the event will include a raffle and silent auction. Cheryl Mcgee-Hill with Louisiana Donate Life will be on hand answer questions about organ donation.

For more information, please contact Jill Disher Boyles 864.580.3135 or jilldboyles@gmail.com, or visit the Facebook page Ben’s Heart Transplant.

Boyles is especially grateful to the following people, who have been an intregal part in the event planning: Melissa Rohner, Tonny Guagliardo, II, Sonia Henry and Deirdra Disher.

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

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 $65 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.