Russell Bavelaar

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.
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raised by 48 people

$150,000 goal

9 years left

Update #8

Update posted 25 days ago


I am happy to announce a new fundraiser for us.  We have been dealing with the loss of a close family member. He was instrumental in fundraising for us.  He is truly missed.  Please consider helping if you can. 

Russell Bavelaar

Transplant Type:   Heart

What if you were living on borrowed time? 

Russell Bavelaar is fighting for his life. In December 2021, he was diagnosed Congestive Heart failure. Sadly, Russell has a family history of this type of condition on both his mother and father’s side. He continued to live with his illness until recently when his health took a turn for the worse. Now, doctors say a heart transplant is critical for his survival. 

During such a challenging time, Russell is thankful for his family and friends. He wishes they did not have to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Before his health began to decline, he enjoyed traveling, camping and off-roading with his son, but these days, his activities are quite limited. He looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to be healthy enough to spend many more years making memories with his loved ones, but right now, he needs your help.

Unfortunately, Russell’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.

The average heart transplant costs more than $1 million. And that is only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the cost of his transplant, 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 expensive, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

Because Russell must travel to the transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments, he incurs substantial expenses for each trip. When he receives his transplant, Russell will have to stay near the hospital during recovery, adding to the financial strain.

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

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 Russell Bavelaar” in the memo line.

Thank you for your generosity!

Transplant Center:   Baylor University 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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National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.

Organized By Russell Bavelaar

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