Hello to All,
My name is
Lee and I am a 59 year old man with a wife that loves me...she
says. I have a 21 year old daughter who is a junior at West
Virginia University that does
not know if we are rich or poor as we have never discussed our financial
situation with her.
I have a dog named pepper that truly loves me, I am sure of that, for
she never leaves my side day or night. We have
a cat named Gary (funky name for a cat) who I am pretty sure hates
I have always worked hard and had a life until 11 years ago when I had my
first heart attack.
The doctors said I should have died but here I am living with 60%
heart damage. All of my family has died from
heart related conditions in there 40's and 50's, so I feel
fortunate to be alive at 59. Still yet, it doesn't give me much
hope of survival. Since my first heart attack, I have had 3 others and have
not worked since 1991.
I love life and since my disease I have gone to a fitness center 3 to 4
times a week to try and
beat the odds, which probably has kept me alive.
Two years ago my heart doctor told me to get my financial affairs in
order and to have a will
made up as my last Echo-cardiogram showed I only have a 10%
ejection factor which is not good and I couldn't last
much longer. That certainly doesn't boost the morale.
Anyway, through my cardiologist they contacted Pittsburgh UPMC Health
Center and after a few weeks worth of testing they told me I was an
excellent candidate for a heart
without it I would only live 1 to 3 years. That was December 2001,
which gave me hope and thrilled me beyond belief. I have been on
the National Transplant List for 14 months, and was told last month to
lose 30 pounds and they would bring me to Pittsburgh and wait for a
I am very excited about the possibility of a new heart just to stay
around or a while and to
give the cat someone to hate, and maybe keeping my wife happy. I
have lost 10 pounds in the last month and am trying hard.
My income consists of Social Security and my wife works for a billing
service. I have Medicare
which pays 80% of my doctor bills. They tell me at the doctor to stay away
from stress but
when they bill me for the remainder it eventually gets turned into the
collection agency as we "don't pay
enough" on the balance. No stress........hahahahah!
My wife and I will have to live in Pittsburgh for about 3 months
throughout this process as someone has to stay with you 24/7. Since
I do not have any family besides my wife and daughter...my wife
will have to be the one by my side.
That is why I need all the help financially that I can get. We are
having a tough time now and when my wife can't
work...we will sink for sure.
I am not the type of man to beg for money, and I am not asking anyone to
help that can't afford
to, as you certainly don't owe me anything.
I love to hunt and fish and enjoy life. The only thing that qualifies me
in asking for money is
if I hit the lottery I would help a lot of people in my
If you would like to donate on my behalf it would be greatly
appreciated. Thank you for reading my story, and I hope that God
blesses all of you.
Lee E. Cooke
136 Sycamore Street
Gassaway, WV 26624
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