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Family raising money for heart transplant

A Fredericksburg woman’s family is trying to raise money so that she can be placed on a heart transplant waiting list.

While Medicaid will cover much of the cost of a transplant if Henrietta Propps gets one, Propps first must show that she can afford the out-of-pocket expenses that she’d face as a transplant patient, said her daughter, Virginia Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, of Spotsylvania County, said the family needs to raise a minimum of $6,000 up front—with a longer-term goal of $12,000. Without the money, Propps’ name “will never be placed on the heart transplant list,” Bradshaw said.

The family has organized a fundraising yard sale for tomorrow and Sunday at 10706 Bent Tree Drive in Fredericksburg.

You can learn more about Propps’ situation and other fundraising efforts on her behalf at The non-profit, formerly known as the National Transplant Assistance Fund, helps patients and their families raise money to cover transplant costs — through online donations and the promotion of other fundraising events.

Propps, 62, is currently receiving treatment at the UVA Medical Center. She has a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), the same device former Vice President Dick Cheney relied on until he received a heart transplant earlier this month.

A more detailed story about Propps will appear in an upcoming Healthy Living section. In the meantime, call Bradshaw at 540/847-1476 for more details about her mother’s needs and the complex insurance and financial issues affecting her care.