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Supporting Transplant Patients

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
44 Donors
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Project ended on March 15, at 11:55 PM CDT
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Supporting Transplant Patients


Two years ago, Deb Brown of Cedar Rapids was on death's doorstep. Patiently waiting for a liver transplant that might never come, Deb's health was quickly deteriorating.

Within five months of being placed on the liver transplant list, she had been rushed to the hospital five times—coding once. Because Deb's liver was no longer functioning properly, ammonia was building up in her abdomen and chest cavity. It was affecting her everyday life—she couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, and was struggling to breathe.

While Deb's health continued to decline, a phone call in November 2016 provided hope: A liver had become available for Deb. Deb and her husband, Ed, rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), and after an 11-hour procedure, Deb had a new liver. 

Our Mission 

Now, the Browns have shown their gratitude for the care they received at UIHC by making a gift to establish the Dragonfly Fund for Transplant Support, which will enhance the support patients and their families and caregivers receive during the transplant experience.

Vision for the Future 

Together with Dr. Alan Reed, director of the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center, the Browns are looking to raise additional funds to compliment the expert care transplant patients receive at the UIHC. The dollars raised through this crowdfunding campaign will be used in a variety of ways, including enhanced educational materials, a dedicated lounge area, offsetting travel expenses, and more. The long-term vision is to one day have a dedicated transplant housing facility to serve patients and their caregivers during this vulnerable time. 

You Can Help

You can help by making a gift right now by clicking on Give Now. All gifts are tax deductible, and a donation at any level is greatly appreciated. 

You can take your support one step further by sharing this page with your friends, family, and anyone who you think might be interested in supporting transplant patients and families. By sharing our campaign, you might help us reach additional donors who share our passion for supporting the UI transplant program. You can take your giving even further through a matching gift. Your employer or your spouse's employer may multiple your contribution through a matching gift program. Please ask your human resources director for the appropriate form. Use Tax ID code is: 42-0796760. 

Thank you for your generosity! 



**The organ transplant statistics provided in the giving levels were adapted from**



NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.




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Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.



Nationally, on average, 20 people die each year waiting for a transplant.



Only 54% of U.S. adults are signed up to be donors.



There are more than 114,000 men, women, and children on the national transplant waiting list as of August 2017.



In 2017, 34,770 transplants were performed in the U.S.



UIHC is a major transplant center; in fiscal year 2017, the hospital performed 571 organ and tissue transplants.

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