Who We’ve Helped: Meet Carmen

Carmen Rodriguez Carmen Rodriguez is one of many people who live with breathing difficulty every day. In 2008, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which caused scarring in her lungs. By 2012, Carmen had been evaluated at Duke University Hospital where it was determined that she had interstitial lung disease and would need a lung transplant. Carmen was given a mandatory fundraising goal of $15,000 in order to be listed for transplant, so that she could afford all of the out-of-pocket medical expenses and costly immunosuppressant medications that she will need to take for the rest of her life. In their search for a way to come up with funding, Carmen’s daughter Jackie was referred to HelpHOPELive. Jackie started a campaign and immediately got to work planning fundraisers to rally their Burlington, North Carolina community.

“From the moment I reached out to my fundraising coordinator at HelpHOPELive, she has been nothing but helpful and provided me with so much information,” said Jackie. “I recently held a Zumba Night event and once the details were finalized, within 24 hours I received a flyer for the event which I thought so was awesome.”

Between bake sales, Zumba nights, events held at their church and online donations, Carmen is more than half way to her goal. As the money continued to come in from Carmen’s generous community, they surpassed $10,000, which made them eligible for the $1,000 challenge grant from HelpHOPELive- bringing them that much closer to their final goal of $15,000.

“HelpHOPELive and the people behind this organization have been so helpful with my mother’s fundraising campaign,” said Jackie. “I’m thankful for all of the assistance my mother and I have received.”

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