Staying healthy a family affair as local father awaits lung transplant

Canton, Conn., Nov. 15, 2012 – It’s hard to imagine fighting for every breath, but that’s the painful reality for 59-year-old Bob Glynn.

In 2008, he began experiencing extreme fatigue, and he knew something just wasn’t right. After a visit with his doctor and a lung biopsy, he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

A lung transplant is essential to his survival. Doctors don’t know why he developed this lung disease, but Glynn hopes to use this opportunity to educate people about the vital need for organ donors.

During this challenging time, Glynn is so thankful for the love and steadfast support from his family, who has been by his side every step of the way. Because he wants to get in the best shape possible to increase the chances of a successful transplant, he and his wife, Janet, go on walks every morning. His two teenage children have joined a gym along with him so they can all work out together.

A lung transplant costs approximately $550,000. Even though his health insurance will cover the transplant itself, 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, which are as critical to his survival as the transplant.

To overcome these financial challenges, Glynn and his family turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.

“It breaks my heart that Bob is battling such a difficult illness,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “But it’s wonderful that his family is so dedicated and determined to stay by his side every step of the way. At NFT, we want to help the Glynns raise the necessary funds so they can focus on Bob’s health, not the expenses.”

Community members are encouraged to dine at the Flatbread Company in The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The restaurant will donate a portion of the evening’s profits to NFT in Glynn’s honor when ordering pizza as dine-in or to-go. The event will also include a silent auction, live music and a 50/50 auction.

For more information, contact Janet Glynn at glynn_cantonct@msn.com or 860-463-8355.

To make a donation in honor of Glynn, please mail a tax-deductible gift to the NFT Connecticut Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Bob Glynn” in the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should select Find an NFT Patient to locate Glynn.

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. In the past 29 years, NFT has helped generate nearly $60 million to assist patients with their expenses.

NFT currently 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.