About David Allred

My name is David Allred. I am a native of Asheboro, North Carolina. On September 18th, I will be 30 years old.  I was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease. That means you are born with it, having inherited the abnormal gene that causes it from your parents.  CF is a chronic illness that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestines of about 30,000 Americans . Each year about 1,000 new cases are diagnosed.  A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food, in turn causing generalized malnutrition.   Individuals with cystic fibrosis can be diagnosed before birth by genetic testing or by a sweat test in early childhood. Ultimately, lung transplantation is often necessary as CF worsens. Lung transplantation often becomes necessary for individuals with cystic fibrosis as lung function and exercise tolerance declines. Although single lung transplantation is possible in other diseases, individuals with CF must have both lungs replaced because the remaining lung might contain bacteria that could infect the transplanted lung.

In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatment have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with this disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s, and beyond.  I have had a young cousin and several friends I have met over the years, die from Cystic Fibrosis.

 

I have the opportunity of a lifetime...the chance to have a double lung transplant to add years and quality to my life.  As of right now, my lung capacity is only at 22%.  There are many things that I am unable to do, many things that I really enjoyed, including volunteer fire fighting, doing everyday things around the house, or even playing outside with my dogs, nieces and nephews.  
 
For my double lung transplant, I will need prayers as well as some financial support.  The transplant can cost $700,000-$800,000.  In addition to medical bills and post-transplant medications not covered by insurance, housing for 3 months with 24 hour care, food, travel expenses; etc., I am in need of a lot of assistance.  We are working toward raising over $100,000.
 
I would be honored and blessed to have you consider donating to COTA, in my honor to help with this financial need.  COTA does not charge a fee or keep a percentage and all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  My fund-raising team can be contacted by calling Marie Trogdon at 336-267-6461 or email her at jtrogdon@triad.rr.com.
 
Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national non-profit organization that provides fundraising assistance to transplant families.  Since 1986, COTA's priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to a lack of funds.  100% of all funds raised in honor of a transplant patient is used for transplant-related expenses.  COTA is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations to COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.