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Nova Scotia man hopes to raise $40,000 for double-lung transplant

Nova Scotia man hopes to raise $40,000 for double-lung transplant
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A Cape Breton man who needs an oxygen tank to breathe is hoping to raise enough money to help him travel to Toronto for a new pair of lungs, but hes far from his $40,000 goal.

DJ Timmons, 44, from Margaree Centre, N.S. was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency a few years ago. The condition, which is inherited, left him gasping for breath unable to continue to work as a labourer.

These days, he breathes through a set of tubes struggles to leave the house a difficult reality for the grandfather of two.

Just to be able to play with them and get outside and stuff, itd be a lot better, he told CTV Atlantic.

Timmons needs a double lung transplant, a procedure he can only receive in Toronto. The fundraiser hopes to offset costs associated with the onerous procedure, including travel and time off for his partner, Edna Chiasson, who is the households sole earner.

One time we had to call the ambulance and he was saying, Edna, just help me. Well there was no more I could do I had the oxygen turned up, we just had to wait for the ambulance to come, she said. And I felt like he was asking for my help but I couldnt give it.

An online fundraiser , started on Jan. 25, has already raised $3,575. Still, thats far short of the couples $40,000 goal. Theyre asking anyone to donate whatever they can.
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