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Baby Ethan was born a healthy
7 lb. 6 oz. baby, who was 19 ¾
in. long when he entered the
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The infamous day "9/11" has left a lasting imprint and a significant burning in our memory. In 2012,
"9/11" was forever burned on the hearts of ETHAN RICHARDS' family and loved ones who helplessly
watched and prayed while doctors saved him from a tragic life-altering condition. Ethan Richards is a
precious one-year old infant diagnosed with heart disease who received a heart transplant transplant
on Sunday, December 16, 2012. This Christmas gift could not have come at a better time!
A steering team of very passionate supporters united to develop and initiate the introduction of "The
Ethan Fund raiser Project" to the community and to set up a support organization. Chronic
childhood illnesses are rising at alarming rates. Pediatric heart disease, although profound in effect
and prevalence, is one such illness that has not garnered enough front page news and attention.
Countless families are devastated emotionally, psychologically, physically, and financially.
Ethan Richards' ongoing care requires comprehensive medical treatment which will have
astronomical costs. As a transplant survivor, Ethan and his family will need financial assistance, even
with insurance. They must cover the cost of transplant evaluations, pre-transplant and post-
transplant care, as well as increasing costs while recovering from surgery. Ethan will have to take
immunosuppressive and additional medications for the rest of his life. Indirect costs not associated
with Ethan's medical care are also a reality for the family.
Medical costs which can easily exceed several
thousand dollars per month will include, but are not
limited to, insurance deductibles & co-pays, pre-
transplant evaluation and testing, surgery and fees
for the recovery of the organ from the donor, follow-
up care and testing, rehabilitation and additional
hospital stays for complications, fees for surgeons,
physicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists and
recurrent lab testing, anti-rejection and other medications.
Vast non-medical and indirect costs will include, but not limited to, food, lodging and long distance
phone calls, transportation & parking to and from transplant center, before and after transplant
surgery, special child care, lost wages for giving up job and unpaid leave time parents must sacrifice
to be with Ethan.
The goals of "The Ethan Fundraiser Project" are (1) to help alleviate some of the financial burden on
Ethan's family; (2) to educate other families about children's health issues related to heart disease;
and (3) to help families navigate the financial, emotional, and access to service hurdles. To meet our
goals, we will have a Friday evening ticketed concert featuring Gospel and Jazz artists, a Silent
Auction, and a Saturday morning Health Fair & Clinic.
Your support will help us to reach our goals to assist Ethan's family and to provide valuable
information to educate others about heart disease-related issues in children. Your heartfelt concern
for this and other families of children with similar health issues is essential and commendable.
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