In June of 2018 Michelle was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a terminal lung disease. Michelle fought this disease with determination and grace. Michelle was a very healthy individual and we were quite shocked to hear of the diagnosis and then within two short years, to see such a devastating decline in her health within a one month period. During this time Michelle started the unsuccessful process of a lung transplant at the
Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA
While waiting for a transplant Michelle received excellent care, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The staff at the Brigham were very supportive of both of us. However, I struggled with finding a hotel and eventually housing. I carried the burden of worrying about supporting gas, a hotel room and food for myself . I also worried about the expenses of our home while we were both out of work. We were fortunate enough to have had a Go Fund Me established by our friends, which took the burden off of us financially. Not all families have such support.
This charity will raise funds for The Transplant Critical Care Fund at BWH.
The Transplant Critical Care Fund provides resources to Brigham and Women's Hospital's pulmonary and thoracic surgery divisions for the specific use of patient and family support initiatives. From parking validation and meal reimbursement to hotel and travel expenses, this fund helps to relieve the many burdens associated with extended hospital stays.
With a provision that all money donated by Call Michelle Charity will go to Shapiro 6 East families waiting for transplant.
We hope that you will consider donating to the Call Michelle Charity.
Michelle was a very kind and giving soul, who never missed a moment to extend her hand to help family, friends, colleagues or strangers .
Because kindness matters.