An absolute certainty of getting a transplant from a center that is far away, is the need for air transportation. When the call comes, there is no time for delay. It does not matter what time of the day or night, we must be ready to go! The target time to get to the hospital is six hours. In our case, it takes about 8 hours to get to Iowa by car.
There are no direct flights to Iowa from Indianapolis, so we were advised to get quotes for a charter flight. This is a key reason why we are fundraising. Charter Flights are not cheap. The highest quote was over 16k, and the lowest was a little less than 3k. Oddly enough, insurance may pay for the highest quote, but there are no guarantees. We are leaning toward the lower cost option.
This past Saturday we had a vendor and craft event at our local fire station. We had about 12 vendors who paid a small fee to set up a booth at the event. We also sold hot dogs, chips, and water to raise funds. The event was a huge success and we are greatly appreciative. The event was published in our local newspapers. We were amazed at how many friends from the past saw the article and stopped by. Many folks came out to make a donation, buy from the vendors, and grab a bite to eat.
We wanted to share this with all of you. It is simply a reality that many folks have to raise funds to make their transplant a reality. This blog highlights the travel expense. There are other expenses such as medications, living arrangements, and possible changes in insurance costs that must also be considered.
That is all for now. We want to thank everyone again that has shown us tremendous support!
Ron and Krishna