Story from Jackie Price

In June 2016, I was a full time employee, lived with a roommate and was hanging out with my friends on the weekend. Things like doing laundry and walking just a block were becoming increasingly more difficult and with 28% lung function I knew transplant was in my future. But with a fighter attitude, I […]


A letter to my organ donor…

Six years ago, on April 18, 2012 I received the ultimate gift – a healthy set of lungs. This is my transplant story and finally, an open letter to my donor Chris who gave me a second chance at life. On April 17th I was called to Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York […]


The Story of Sam Wydner

My dad, Sam Wydner, had a life-extending lung transplant at Columbia University Medical Center/NY Presbyterian on February 20, 2015. I remember the date well, because when I saw him on February 19, he was struggling for breath even with 50 liters of oxygen. I really thought it would be the last time I saw him […]


My Life Changed Forever

I remember it well. It was in February of 2009, when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a successful surgery, I noticed that I was experiencing shortness of breath and was rushed into surgery to find I had a very rare form of lung disease. Dr. Arcasoy agreed to treat me in January 2010, […]


Story from Nelson

I was never a healthy person, never knew the sensation of breathing fine, but when the doctors removed the tubes and I start breathing with my new lungs, the feeling was indescribable…


Story from Dennis Fish

In 2011 I noticed that my breathing was getting more and more difficult. I chalked it up to being overweight. Two years later, I was scheduled to receive a lung transplant. On August 4th, 2013, we got the call. It took 8 E oxygen tanks for for me to make the three and a half hour drive…..


A Story of Hope and Joy

Eight years ago, I was an active guy. I had a great family and I was skiing, sailing, hiking and running a summer camp. At the time, I had no idea what pulmonary fibrosis was, and if someone had told me I would soon be on the waiting list for a lung transplant, I would have said they were crazy…