Update - April 22, 2017
It is with heavy hearts, we are devastated to announce that Riley Hancey passed away from complications of a lung transplant. We are extremely thankful to all the wonderful doctors and staff at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Utah for their expertise and care that Riley received. We would also like to thank the donor family, who in their own grief chose to save a life. We will never forget your kindness and generosity.
It has been a long battle to save Riley’s life. We know that in our hearts we gave him every opportunity to survive. He will live in our hearts forever. Riley is now free to climb every mountain, ski the back country, go fishing, and run every river. He will continue to do so with his family in spirit.
In his honor, we ask that you take a moment to do a random act of kindness for someone. Riley’s kind spirit, laughter, and smile will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
More information will be posted soon regarding a celebration of Riley's life.
The Hancey Family
Update - March 29: Riley received lungs
today. His transplant surgery went well and the Dr. is optimistic. There is still a very long road ahead so please keep Riley and company in your thoughts. Rileys parents were both in town but he will be sedated for the next couple of days. Please keep sharing his story. Thank you everyonefor all your love, support and kindness.♡
Update: Riley Hancey is in Philadelphia waiting for lungs. Thank you everyone for all your love and support. We still have a long journey ahead so please keep sharing Rileys story. We have been posting updates below. Thank you.
Riley Hancey is 19 years old and has been hospitalized at the University of Utah Hospital ICU for going on 68+ days. What started out as the flu turned into pneumonia, and then quickly became a rare lung infection. Riley has lost all gas exchange function of his lungs due to scarring, as a result of the infection. He has been relying on a tracheotomy and an ECMO to provide oxygen to his blood. Riley now requires a double lung transplant, has been placed on the lung transplant list and is awaiting a donor.
Riley was a healthy teen, engaged in summer and winter sports and took advantage of living in Utah. He worked for his brother and at a ski resort and loved to travel. He has amazing parents, an older brother and sister, a little sister, and giant support of family and friends but we need help.
The University of Utah cannot provide Riley with the life-saving transplant he needs. His case is currently being reviewed by transplant programs out of state. His family is trying to work with insurance to ensure coverage but the finances are tight. Riley has a car payment, health insurance deductibles and out of pocket expenses, plus preparation to head out of state at a moments notice, and hospital bills!
Riley and his family need all the help we can we can give them. Riley is young and should have his whole life ahead of him. His family is not prepared to let their son go without a fight. Please help them cover the out of pocket costs, transportation when they get the okay to travel, food and lodging, transit to and from the hospital, flights for his caregivers, cost of living, time away from work, and all other costs we are not thinking of right now.
Please share his story, and pitch in anything you can for this young man to have his life-saving lung transplant! We will update you as much and as soon as possible. Please send Riley and his family good healthy thoughts. Thank you.