As he lay dying in a hospital bed, because his family could not afford a lung transplant, the 20-year-old completed his high school diploma. Meanwhile a story came out in the local paper about this young man's dilemma, and in one day enough money was raised to not only perform the transplant, but to provide funds for the expensive after care--an essential element to determine who qualifies for a transplant.
The National Transplant Assistance Fund collected the donations. "Now in its 28th year, National Transplant Assistance Fund has helped more than 5,000 patients, families and communities nationwide raise more than $70 million to pay for out-of-pocket expenses related to transplantation and catastrophic injury," notes the non profit's website.
Source: Tampa Bay News