Campaign Start: June 7, 2006
Campaign End: July 7, 2007
Campaign Goal: $1,500
Riley Horgan is a 10-year old vibrant, loving and active young lady who was born prematurely and has struggled with health issues since she was born. Though years of steroid treatment has held off her disease, Riley is in need of a double lung transplant in order to overcome her medical condition known as Bronchiolitis Obliterans, a rare lung disease similar to cystic fibrosis.
Riley is strong, and unrelenting in her ongoing fight for life and yet is very aware that she will die at a very young age should she not receive a viable organ donation soon. Her doctors at UCLA have put her at the top of the organ donation list. At anytime her mother Erynn Horgan will have to relocate to Los Angeles from Las Vegas and sustain overwhelming medical bills and living expenses in Los Angeles while continuing to sustaining a home in Las Vegas, Nevada for her son Jack. Her husband Jon, though a hard working truck driver, does not make a salary to support such a lifestyle.
Erynn, a professional working mother up until recently, has been instructed by the doctors that she is not to work, is to spend time with her daughter, and be ready to get to the airport at a moments notice to be air lifted to Los Angeles for Riley’s operation. Erynn has been informed that after approximately 1.5 months, the insurance will cut off.
Jon’s work offers only a PPO health program, and though they pay exorbitant costs for Riley’s high risk situation, insurance will only pay approximately 40-50% of the medical costs during the coverage period. It has been estimated that the Horgan family will have to cover close to $500,000 in medical and living costs during Riley’s hospital stay and up to one year following the surgery while she and her mother reside in Los Angeles, while sustaining a permanent residence in Las Vegas for her son Jack.
Knowing Riley personally since birth has motivated me to do whatever possible to save her life. She is a loving, considerate, artistic, funny, and worthy child, worthy of a second chance to be everything that she possibly can. Without the generosity, kindness, and support of strangers and those that know and love Riley, her future is a short one. She will not be able to do many things that she wants.
I asked Riley once if she was scared about going into the hospital, she said, “I’m not scared, but it will be lonely”. She will be isolated for up to four months following the transplant and her small, 80 pound frame will be pumped full of immune suppressant drugs to assist with anti-rejection.
Won’t you please help to save her life? The smallest financial donation to her medical trust fund can mean a lot.
We will be setting up a non-profit fundraising campaign with the National Transplant Assistance Fund in the near future, so that all contributions will be tax deductible. At this time, the non-profit is not in place, however, should you wish to donate now, please send all funds to:
Riley G. Horgan
Medical Trust Fund
Bank of America
Write “IN HONOR OF RILEY HORGAN” in the memo field
Should you require additional information about Riley and the Horgan’s situation, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 990-8392.
Your generosity will not go unnoticed.
Samantha Speer — Lemon Grove, CA
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