David Yager

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.
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raised by 22 people

$25,000 goal

10 years left

Update #2

Update posted 25 days ago
Day #14 post heart transplant and Day #26 after being listed, Dave has been released from the hospital and his spirits are high! He and Kelli are staying in the Nashville area for several weeks as he still has a long road to full recovery. With monitored meds, cardiac rehab & numerous biopsies and testing he will continue his recovery journey under the watchful eye of team at Vanderbilt. Thank you for all your continued support and all the GOOD VIBES! 

Dave Yager

Heart Transplant

Dear Friend,  

In June 2023, Dave underwent an Angioplasty to place a stent for a 99% blockage. Later in December he underwent a second procedure to implant a pacemaker and defibrillator due to heart failure. His heart health only declined with his heart function at about 10%. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to his survival, and he was added to the transplant waiting list through Vanderbilt Heart Transplant Center in Nashville TN in February of 2024. Only 12 days later he received the life saving call and his heart transplant was successfully completed on March 4th 2024.

Before his medical complications he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, vacations, playing with his sweet dog Lily, and trying new restaurants, but his health prevented him from doing those things. Dave wants nothing more than to be healthy so he can resume his life. He looks forward to life after the transplant that will allow him to feel like himself again and return to an energetic and fulfilling life, spending quality time with his family and friends, enjoying outdoor activities, and continuing to travel. 

During this challenging time, Dave is extremely grateful for his wonderful support system of loved ones, friends and family, as well as the Vanderbilt team of doctors and nurses. Dave wants to make sure everyone knows how thankful he is for all the prayers, texts, and financial support! 

Dave sees his transplant journey as a difficult hurdle, but one that he is determined to overcome. He’s hopeful for the opportunities that lie ahead, and he looks forward to being a lifelong advocate for transplantation. But right now, he needs your help.

Unfortunately, transplanting a vital organ comes at a very high price. 

This is where you can make a difference. The medical expenses, travel, and accommodation costs, along with the post-transplant recovery period, will place a substantial financial burden on Dave and Kelli. They live over 200 miles away from the transplant center and have had to travel back and forth for appointments. Now that Dave has received his transplant, he and Kelli will have to temporarily relocate to be near Vanderbilt Hospital while he recovers, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging. Kelli has had to temporarily leave her job due to Dave’s lengthy hospitalizations further adding to their financial burdens.

The average heart transplant costs over $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very pricey, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. Your generosity can help alleviate the financial strain and ensure that Dave can focus on his recovery without the additional stress of mounting medical bills. Please consider donating to Dave's medical fund today. 

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of David.  

If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125.  Please be sure to write "in honor of David Yager” in the memo line.

Thank you for your generosity!

Transplant Center:    Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Nashville VA Medical Center (Transplant Center)

If you have any questions about The National Foundation for Transplants, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.


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