Keli and Frappier were matched over the summer, but delays, including a broken ankle by Keli, caused the transplant to be delayed in 2020. Since the transplant date is now in 2021, the Thorns, of Fairfield Twp., have to once again match their $5,000 insurance deductible.
Aaron said his family “couldn’t do it alone,” and still needs assistance heading into his wife’s February surgery.
The cost of pre-transplant care is overwhelming, which is why the Thorns are being assisted with Help Hope Live, a nonprofit medical fundraising organization. It helps start fundraising campaigns for out-of-pocket medical costs during a medical emergency, like a transplant, said Emily Progin, a spokesperson for the organization.
Donations to support Keli Thorn can be made at helphopelive.org, and donations are tax deductible and every patient’s medical need is verified with a medical professional. The organization pays medical bills and related costs directly, and do not impact any state-based medical benefits.
With the transplant set, and Keli being cleared for the surgery thus far, Aaron said they are “excited but tired.”