Tri-Citian Starting Group to Help Those Who Need a Lung Transplant
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The closest place to the Tri-Cities to get a lung transplant is the University of Washington. Hospital rules say you must live within a three hour drive in order to have the transplant, making the Tri-Cities too far away.
So, one Tri-Citian who smoked for 35 years, and had a double lung transplant is helping others. He sells cigarettes at a convenience store, which sounds counterproductive, but he says he's around smokers and can help them quit. Also, he started a new group called NorthWest Lung, which is aimed at helping those who need a lung transplant live close enough to Seattle to qualify. John Lee is the President of the group and explains, "Our goal is to be able to provide a place for anybody that need to go over there. Our goal, our mission, is that nobody has to pass the opportunity because they can't afford to move to Seattle."
Right now, NorthWest Lung only has room for one person to move to Seattle, but they hope to get more funding.