Author, activist Flores seeks third transplant
Travis Flores, an Ohio-born author, activist, philanthropist and actor has beaten the odds his entire life. Born with cystic fibrosis, he was he told he wouldn’t live to see his sixth birthday. He’s now 28 and facing his biggest challenge yet. After two double-lung transplants, he is facing chronic organ rejection for the second time. He desperately needs a third lung transplant, but because the procedure has only been done a few dozen times around the world, he has yet to find a doctor and hospital that will agree to perform the procedure and allow him back on the organ transplant list.
“Third lung transplants are not a common practice. I know that I have been given two chances and that there are people who are still waiting for their first. I think of those people every single day,” said Travis. “I beg that they match a compatible donor and are able to feel the release of a full breath someday. Right now, I am asking for a chance to survive again too. I am pleading with transplant programs across the country to save my life.”
Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, based in Columbus, granted Travis’ wish to publish the children’s book The Spider Who Never Gave Upwhen he was eight years old. This Friday, Travis bravely spoke at the Make-A-Wish BIG Wish Gala in Columbus to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the book.
If Travis is not granted a third lung transplant, he will die. Please help us spread the word and help Travis find a hospital and doctor who can save his life. With your help, he will be able to fight to survive.