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Northwestern Student Seeks Help For Lifesaving Transplant

19-year-old Northwestern University sophomore Josie Nordman needs a lung transplant to survive, but her family can’t foot the $75,000 bill on their own.

Northwestern University sophomore Josie Nordman was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a chronic and frequently fatal lung disease, when she was only four years old.

Now, at 19, the Homewood native is left with only 22 percent of her lung function. She was added to the lung transplant list on Dec. 12.

A transplant is her only hope of surviving.

Unfortunately, that hope comes with a hefty $750,000 price tag, according to her mother, Nicolle Nordman. While the family's insurance will cover the bulk of that amount, the Nordman family will be left with a bill of $50,000 to $75,000, much more than they can afford.

“We are struggling to pay our monthly bills due to so many medical costs that we have no idea how to come up with this kind of money,” Nicolle Nordman wrote on Facebook. “We need a miracle …”

In order to raise the money, Nicolle Nordman turned to Facebook for help. A former teacher of Josie’s took it a step further and set up a website where anybody can donate money towards the cause. They’ve already collected $1,300 from friends and strangers alike, but much more is needed. No donation is too small.

"I am so touched at the kindness of strangers and the amount of support we are receiving for Josie," Nicolle Nordman says. "We are grateful for all your help and support and it will all be used for Josie's transplant and recovery."

According to Nicolle Nordman, the average wait time for a lung transpant is six months. Because Josie is unusually small, she will most likely need lungs from a child--meaning the wait time could be even longer. 

Anyone interested in donating money towards Josie’s lung transplant can do so on this website.

Jennifer Fisher January 17, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Nicolle, thanks for commenting. We've updated the story to reflect the information you shared. We wish you the best of luck with raising the money and with Josie's future good health.
Beverly Loevy January 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM
My heart felt feelings are with you and your family, I wish the best of everything for Josie. Keep the faith she will get her lung.
Michelle January 18, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Peace and Love! You are in thoughts and hearts!
Jennifer Fisher January 19, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Cheesie's is holding a fundraiser for Josie on Monday, Jan. 21. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/318235858293914/
Joanne Schum February 03, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Nicole, I just asked to be friends at Facebook. Also you might want to join one of the groups at FB that I am Admin of: Another Lung Transplant Support group you may want to join. Request to join, and I will add you! Lung Transplantation: Taking Flight with New Life Support Group http://www.facebook.com/groups/240751732632213/editgroup.php?gid=240751732632213&sk=information You may want to ask Loyola if they do "Living Lobar Lung Transplant". that is when 2 living people donate one lobe of their lung, and they become the lungs for someone small. I got my lungs at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. I also sent you an email with more info. email me anytime: luckylungsforjo@aol.com

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