_E5A6163aIn August 2015, Mackenzie Madsen became one in six million when she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease (PVOD).  Having PVOD means that Mackenzie’s lung function will steadily decrease and, without a double lung transplant, will ultimately prove fatal. At the time of diagnosis, she was merely 28-years-old; a life of love and home and children along with service and wild adventure still ahead of her — waiting to be explored, waiting to be shared.

Mackenzie is a light in the darkness, a gentle hum above the noise, a kind word and ready smile in a time and culture where charity is rare and graciousness is grossly undervalued. Above all, Mackenzie is a warm hope, understanding the grand purpose of it all and, despite our sometimes minor influence, she knows the innate, potential power of one. Because she exemplifies it.

Even with insurance, Mackenzie will have many uninsured transplant-related expenses such as: co-pays and deductibles, continued doctor visits and caregiving expenses and the costly immunosuppressant medications that she will need to take for the rest of her life.

To help with the financial burden of Mackenzie’s expenses, she’s partnered with the HelpHOPELive Fund. HelpHOPELive is a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only.

Any and all donations are widely appreciated. But, in addition to any financial contribution you may provide, Mackenzie asks that we not wait until times of grief and loss to reach out to one another with a helping hand, an open heart and a willing acknowledgment of the collective family.

Many thanks for your thoughts and assistance during this time.  The Family of Mackenzie Madsen

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For more information, please contact HelpHOPELive at 800.642.8399