Help Joshua Breathe

For: Joshua Clark
Organizer: Kayla Graham
$2,674
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 49 donors
53% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Joshua Clark is a 22 year old male who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 2 months old. He was recently placed on the lung transplant list, and as of yesterday was bumped to the emergency status of rapidly declining health. There is no higher on the list that he could be placed. He is currently in hospital in London, Ontario awaiting a bed at Toronto General Hospital. Josh spends his days doing breathing treatments, chest physical therapy, and has recently started a workout program to try to remain as healthy as possible before receiving his transplant. Josh is on a high dose of oxygen 24/7, a large supplement of vitamins and enzymes, and currently receiving intravenous antibiotics. His life is highly challenged due to his low lung capacity, making it harder for him to accomplish daily activities that people take for granted.

Joshua is required to move to Toronto for 3 months after his transplant. This will take a toll on us financially. To have a place to live in Toronto and to keep our place in London so we have somewhere to come home to can be very expensive. Because we need a place short term with everything included, and to be furnished, and within walking distance to the hospital, the prices are quite high. Apartments range from $2500 - $3000 plus per month. Because we have to stay for a minimum of three months post-transplant, maybe even longer, we require help financially. He will also need a few different machines post-transplant to help him maintain good health and detect if his new lungs are starting to fail. These machines are quite pricey but are necessary for his recovery. They range in price from $150 to $650 and must be purchased directly from the transplant team.

I have been with Joshua for 8 and a half years, since we were 14 years old. I have watched this disease take its toll on his body, mind, and spirit. This transplant will give Joshua the new outlook on life that he deserves. He is only 22 years old and his life should just be starting instead of finishing.

Statement from Joshua;

“Cystic Fibrosis (CF for short) didn't affect me much as a child, I could still do everything that my other friends did, I just got one day of school off every few months for a doctor’s visit (which at the time was the best thing). But as I started to get older and older and got sicker and sicker the differences started being more apparent. I couldn't run as far or as hard anymore, I was coughing harder and more frequently, and at the age of 16 I began having to be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics. This caused me to grow up a little quicker than I should have always knowing a big surgery would be needed one day. My health has deteriorated to a point where the double lung transplant (or "big surgery") is necessary, and because of the lifestyle I live because of CF, I believe I am a strong enough person to get through it. A transplant would change my life in so many ways I don't know where to begin. As I got sicker over the years, I didn’t realize the things that were slipping away from me. For example, running. I loved running around when I was a child, and now I cannot do that anymore. One of the things I look forward to after my transplant is being able to run. Also, I just can't wait to be able to breathe easier and not be practically house bound/hospital bound on oxygen 24/7. I missed living my upper part of my teen years and the start of my 20's and I want to be able to live up the rest of my life with my family and friends. There are so many things I missed out on, and this transplant is giving me a second chance at them. This lung transplant will give me quite literally the breath of fresh air I need.”

~ Joshua Clark

We would like to personally thank anyone who is kind enough to donate. Every little bit helps, and will go a long way in making Joshua's life that much better.

If you would like to donate but dont have a credit card or paypal account please feel free to send us some snail-mail!
Joshua Clark & Kayla Graham
961 Wonderland Road South
Suite #104
London, ON
N6K 2X9

Please make all cheques payable to Joshua Clark and include 'Help Joshua Breathe' in the memo. Thank you all so much.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 10, 2013

Posted on November 10, 2013

Joshua was released from the hospital yesterday, and will now have to remain in Toronto for the next three months. Now is the time all of your donations will go to use! Thank you everyone for your love and support. Its been so amazing of everyone! :)

Posted on October 24, 2013

Posted on October 24, 2013

JOSHUA RECEIVED HIS DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT ON OCTOBER 22/13!!


We got the call that there was a donor available on Monday night.

Josh headed into the OR around 9am on Tuesday & was out around 6pm.

I got to see him around 9pm and he was mostly tubes and wires.

He opened his eyes, was squeezing my hands, and was able to sign well enough to ask what time it was, that the breathing tube was itchy, and wanted his cell phone.

I got to see him on Wednesday at 11am. He was completely awake when I got there. was waving and looking great.

Later that day he was breathing over top of the ventalator, and his xrays looked great, so they decided to remove the breathing tube. Josh was ableto talk after a little, but his throat and mouth were very dry and itchy. He wasn't allowed any ice chips or water until later in the day just in case the tube had to go back in for some reason.

After awhile off the tube, they got Josh out of the bed and standing on his own. They had him do some marching in place to strech out his muscles.

Today, Wednesday, they had Josh up and walking this morning. He was able to walk 80m. He is doing absolutely fantastic.

We want to thank everyone for the overwhelming amount of support at this time. Thank you.

If you want daily updates please like our page on facebook, www.facebook.com/helpjoshuabreathe


Posted on October 11, 2013

Posted on October 11, 2013

Hi everyone! Still in Toronto and things are going well!
Josh is up 5lbs since coming here which is very great! Patients with CF have a very hard time gaining weight.
Josh has been participating in a vigorious workout program and is doing great!

For daily updates with photos, go to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/helpjoshuabreathe

We want to again say thank you to everyone who has supported us on this difficult journey. You donations, kind words, thoughts and prayers mean a lot to us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

~ Kayla & Joshua

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