Please note: This is a serious thread. If I was joking, I'd have posted this in EoF. Major update: Ok, big/great news. I have listened to everyone telling me to accept donations, and recently on AIM someone very interesting contacted me. While I cannot go into details how yet, I can tell you that the lung transplant's financial problems are no longer a problem thanks to a celebrity-status person who is also apparently a member of GBATemp. He agreed to remain forever anonymous to everyone except me (only his RL name, not even I know his GBATemp name. It could be The Catboy, p1ngpong, Costello, Gahars, or someone I've never heard of.) This is to prevent mass media coverage or the like (which I will NEVER want, nor ever agree to, I would sooner die than have mass media coverage about my medical stuff). While this is great news, there still is the HUGE problem of the fact that there is not a donor/donors yet, so it's still not possible for me to do the surgery, and might not ever be before I die. Also, as I know people will ask me stuff, I'll say these points up front: 1 - Yes, I am sure this person is who they claim to be. They gave me undisputable proof. 2 - Because I know this person is who they claim to be, the amount of money is probably a very small amount to them. Maybe equal to like $5 to the common person. 3 - They have apparently known/seen me for 5 years on GBATemp, and they "will happily pay for what the USA refuses to fix me". I'm guessing they aren't big on USA government. 4 - Anyone who tries to guess who this person is I will refuse to answer. If you guess spot on right, way way off, or in between, my answer will always be this to guesses: "I will not answer". Now, again, I need to stress this a lot: while the finances can be taken care of, I have no donor/donors yet, so there is still no guarantee of my living. Since I am now able to pay however, I have been put on the donation needed list, and since I have a very short time left, I am "near the top, but not at the top" of the list. Also, even if I get the surgery, there is no guarantee I'll live through it. It's an extremely invasive surgery, afterall. Thank you for all your support GBATemp, and thanks a lot to you, whatever your GBATemp username is. I know you'll see this, and if I get a donor/donors, I'll call you again. Major Update 2: v.v I can't beleive I forgot to mention this in my last message..... must have been insanely tired.... Anyway, I'm all packed up now, and my sister will be driving me to the hospital (a good 2 hours away). I will be spending the rest of my days either until a donor is found or until I die in the hospital. If you're wondering why, because 1) - It's better for me anyway to be in a hospital right now. 2) - If a donor is found, every second delay counts. If/when a donor is found, I will already be in the hospital, thus increasing the odds that everything will go smoothly by a ton. 3) - Keep in mind that this is the hospital with the incredibly poor/spotty internet, so I might not be around to post for a while. 4) - I've changed it to where my sister will keep everyone updated herself, but still check in with p1ngpong to verify it's her. Also, she'll be using what I think was my first avatar on this website, before that fennec thing, and before I even started posting much at all. It's the avatar I've always used when first joining a website, and it's not an easy picture to find. I figure that will also help identify her. No clue what her signature will be, or if she'll even use one. See all you folks later, I'm sure. Tomorrow I'll walk around the hospital (if allowed to) and try to find some place with an internet signal. If you don't hear from me, at least my sister will keep all you updated on status/donors/if-I-get-the-surgery/surgery-recovery/anything else revelant. Original As many of you know, I have Cystic Fibrosis. As some of you know, it has not been under good control for the past couple of years. My CF has gotten to the point I need a full on double lung transplant, but I lack to money to pay for what the insurance won't pay for (a TOOOON of money, but still less than the insurance would pay for. So much that I wouldn't be able to afford a single monthly bill on it if I were to split it into payment plans). Because I cannot do the vital surgery, it's estimated that I will not live past August, with August 25th (my birthday, ironically) being the projected last day I'll live. If I do live that long however, I'd be forced into a ventilator in a hospital to breath well before that date. I know for a fact I'll die, there is just no way around it as I will not accept any charity, it just too much money. I found out about this whole thing late March, but didn't even really believe it until maybe late April. Not counting real-life people that know me, there is only one person on GBATemp that I have told about this to in mid-late June, but I do not know if that member wishes to be known or unknown, so I will leave it up to that person if they wish to make themself known. I was honestly hesitant of making a post about this or not, but decided it'd be for the best to post a message similar to this on all the forums I frequent a lot (GBATemp and one other one). It should also be noted that whenever my condition gets where I can't live in my house anymore (I'm currently on several various home IV fluids just to keep me home), I will be going back to the hospital, which has terrible internet coverage and plenty of dead zones. I do not know yet when that will be, but once it happens, it's highly likely my posting activity will diminish to maybe once every 3 or so days at the most. Not only because of the spotty internet, but also because well.... I'll be struggling to breath every second, and frankly won't feel like browsing the internet anymore. ... EDIT 2: Thanks for the offer/thinking of this, but I would refuse it. Not only because that's still a type of charity, but mostly because I wouldn't be able to enjoy a lavish gift. I'm unable to go anywhere fun due to the already severe state of my CF, as I'd need a nebulizer treatment every ~4 hours, day and night (as you can guess, I'm not getting any real sleep), ontop of a 24/7 IV fluid infusion of various medicines that the doctors quite eloquently refer to as a "cocktail of drugs". Even if I were to accept any such a gift, I would not be able to enjoy it. EDIT 3: A lot of various people are saying more about kickstarters, getting a state celebrity to help me, etc. Please, no one try to give me any sort of monetary support, be it money itself, contacting famous people to help me, or anything like that. I will simply refuse to accept it. All you people suggesting such as that are trying to be helpful/nice, but I really do not want to do that. I do not want to become a famous person by way of a celebrity paying for a sick person's recovery or the like. I do not want to be known be every part of GBATemp because of a Kickstarter to keep me alive. I really do not like that, and do not want it at all. I appreciate all your concerns, but do not do anything like that. Even if one of you does something like this without telling me, then give me the money once it's there, I will still refuse. It's not just because it's a ton of money, but it's also because I really do not wish to be remembered on the news/around town/on GBATemp as the person/member that only lived because of a generous donation, either by a celebrity or a kickstarter thing. If you're the type of person that that feels you must help me for some reason, then the only thing I would even think of accepting are things that have no monetary value at all. I don't know of anything like that off hand, but any type of thing that has monetary value directly or indirectly, I will simply refuse, even if the monetary thing is already gathered. Edit 4: Just wanting to update: I'm still in the same state as I was when I made the OP. I've arranged it so when something major happens (thrown in hospital for my last few days, my actual death, and anything else of magnitude), my sister will make a new account here and PM p1ngpong. I'll PM p1ngpong for how to verify it's really her, and not some prankster. Once he's sure it's her, she'll share the information of magnitude with him, and he'll post the update.