Friday, August 15, 2008

A Connection Made

From Gina, as chipngrace, on one of the horse forums:

"I just wanted to emphasize the financial situations for those in need of lung transplants. My SO is 42 and has cystic fibrosis and had a double lung transplant in October. He is a college professor with good insurance that paid for it, however, there are SO many costs not covered by insurance, he's been forced to do fundraising as well. Even post tx, he has several lab and clinic appointments each week with co-pays. He had to move into a hotel in a city 1000 miles from home which he lived in from last August until today. He's finally HOME today!

Anyway, he'll be forever in debt financially. Too many bills that just never will get paid, he's on disability now (required at least a year after), and his check barely covers rent, let alone starting to pay off bills. He can't get a car, because of his bad credit/med bills piled up. His parents bought him one in their name to drive home, but they'll be coming to get it since he'll be driving in Chicago/Minneapolis and it is insured in Mass. At least he lives in walking distance of the L in Chicago, but that means he's stuck there. Also, he is still weak and just over 100 lbs at 5'11" so he can't carry much, so if he goes shopping for food or whatever, he can only get what he can carry.

It's a blessing, though, and it saved his life. His lung function was 12% weeks before the transplant, it is now around 108%. He has spent the last few weeks walking up hills, going door to door canvasing for a democratic candidate. It's worth it, and every single person who has helped, has been appreciated and not gone unnoticed."


Posted on May 7, 2008. Thank you to another Troll Squasher for the find. Perhaps this will be helpful if those kind hearts that donated to Pepe decide to pursue legal action...

Please keep the CFers who loved and prayed for Pepe close to your hearts, because they have lost someone dear to them this morning.

7 comments:

carieelena said...

So I guess they concocted this imaginary person so they could get even more money out of people for Paul's bills....does anyone find it a little scary that Gina works at a bank?! The bank might want to take a second look at her.

Anonymous said...

Amazing work. Thank you. What scums those two are!

Anonymous said...

Please clarify which girl is the scammer? The thin girl or the bigger girl?
Thank you for stopping this!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for figuring this out. I have been following this blog for quite some time and don't know much about CF but was REALLY suspicious when she got the lung transplant when she did/the way she did. It didn't make sense after everything I had learned from other REAL CF blogs. I hope that those who donated money will consider prosecuting....

fr3ak said...

I'd still like to know how this all unravelled...

I mean up until this morning I was under the impression that my prayers and well wishes were being being received by a fellow CF and a fellow post Transplant CF...

I am hurt beyond words can even comprehend, I so much want this to be a lie, to be proven that I haven't be deceived by someone I thought I knew, trusted and Shared intimate details of my health as well as my post transplant pictures...

.....

I got nothing, just a dull ache of disbelieve and hurt...

fr3ak
CF/double lung tx 2002

Anonymous said...

fr3ak - I agree - I think this is pathetic that someone would /could do this. But, now in hindsite, I realize that the blog always left out WAY too much - it neverr really shared a LOT and there was never any real "link" outside of that blog to the real situation...

Anonymous said...

fr3ak - sadly she (Gina) has pulled this "woe is me" act before.

I think she still lives at home. Shouldn't her poor parents be alerted? I mean wow - what if the cops show up at the door??