One of our members, Jim DiZenzo, is suffering from a condition called Non-specific Interstitial Pneumonitis (NSIP). This causes an inflammation that leads to scarring of the lungs in the area between the air sacs and the blood vessels. This, in turn, leads to reduced lung function. The causes of this condition are difficult to determine, but can be related to toxic fume exposure, lung infection, or connective tissue disease such as arthritis.
The bottom line for Jim is that he needs a double lung transplant. Jim is on the active list for a transplant and could be called any time. In preparation for that, the Club is organizing a community blood drive on May 24, 2009 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon, NJ from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. Everyone should donate who is at least 17 years old and in generally good health.
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