A friend in need

Eirik Gumeny is Jersey Devil Press’s founder and godfather (I have yet to kiss his ring, but only because we’re several states apart). And right now, Eirik needs our help, folks.

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In New Jersey and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like Eirik Gumeny.

Born on July 27, 1980, Eirik was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 3. “Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that: clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.” (CFF.org)

Please consider going to Eirik’s COTA site and helping out if you can.

 

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