Nova Scotia woman trying to raise money for double lung transplant

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WATERVILLE, N.S. - Crystal Taylor is fighting for her life.
Doctors have told the 47-year-old Annapolis Valley resident that she may only have two years left to live if she doesn't receive a double lung transplant. So she is desperately trying to raise the $40,000 she believes she will need to make that possible.
"I received my call just before Christmas that Toronto General Hospital is awaiting my arrival, but the lack of funds is holding me back," Taylor said Saturday from her Waterville home.
While medicare will pay for the transplant operation, there are many additional expenses that Taylor will face.
"I had to go to Toronto for two weeks for pre-assessment," she said. "There were meal costs, transportation costs and lots of unexpected things. Now I have to find an apartment there, furnishings (and) come up with moving costs. It's overwhelming."
Add to that the cost of the long list of medications she will need after the transplant and her situation becomes even bleaker.
"I think our government should assist more. This is an operation I need to stay alive. This is all so frustrating. It has been a year since I found out I need a transplant and I have only raised a little over $12,000. I have so much more to collect and time is running out for me."
Healthy lungs can come from anywhere in North America. The 14-hour surgery could happen within eight hours of Taylor getting the call to come into the Toronto hospital. So it is imperative that she be residing close to the hospital.
Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Taylor said she has found the financial burden, along with the uncertainty of waiting for lungs suitable for transplant, to be draining, physically and emotionally.
"Because of my health, I am no longer able to work to help pay for my stay. At a time when I should be focusing on getting well, I am worried about how I will cover the costs associated with my stay in Toronto while I am waiting for my lung transplant."
Friends, neighbours and some businesses have been helping out with fundraising auctions. The next auction is in the planning stages for early March.
Taylor is grateful for any donations.
"I just want to get the word out there," she said. "I can feel my health deteriorating daily.
"I miss working and being with people, but most of all, I miss not being able to play with or lift my 22-month-old grandson, Braedon."

Organizations: Toronto General Hospital

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, WATERVILLE, Toronto Annapolis Valley North America

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  • Judy Parkinson
    June 14, 2012 - 11:44

    I to suffer from advanced COPD. I went to Toronto General last November and have had video conference's with my doctor. I guess I am one of the lucky one's who is going in the fall for a double lung transplant. You have to live in Toronto for up to 1 yr. I just dread living in the Toronto area as it is so very expensive and going back and forth 3x a week for exercise can be quite difficult. I believe that the goverment should help out COPD patients, they are the one's who promoted and taxed those cigarettes and we all smoked way back then. Good luck Crystal, I hope to meet you real soon in Toronto....Judy

  • Yvonne
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Hi, that´s terrible. I think too, that Canada has enough issues by it´s one, should keep the money in it´s own country and should keep it´s young man here (not to send them with the forces around the world and kill them)...instead looking for immigrants. I am German. Perhaps Crystal should look for a mercyful German man to marry her and to go to germany to get a transplant...perhaps easier than waiting for the money. Wish her the very best and will pray for her. Yvonne

  • ME TOO
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH JUST ME MS TAYLOR NEEDS HELP FROM THE GOVERMENT

  • Just Me
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Our government has lots of money to help out people in Haiti so why don't they have at least as much to help out our own people? Our people are the ones who put the money into the government coffers so we should be the first ones to get help when it is so badly needed. It's great to help others out but please start taking care of our own first. Good luck Ms. Taylor.

  • Karen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I too suffer from COPD. It's the 4th leading cause of death in our country and soon to be the third. Since 2000 the death rate in women has grown at twice the rate of deaths from breast cancer.
    It's progressive, it kills, and there isn't any cure.
    I hope Ms. Taylor raises enough money and perhaps her story will make people aware of this dreadful disease.