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Local woman needs transplant, help with bills

This might sound familiar: A local woman’s family is trying to raise money so she can get a heart transplant and cover the costs of important post-transplant medicines.

A Healthy Living story last month described Henrietta Propps and her need for a transplant and money to help cover her medical bills. Now, another local family is in the same situation.

Norman White of Locust Grove is working to raise transplant funds for his wife, Debbie White, through the same non-profit—HelpHOPELive—that the Propps family used.

HelpHOPELive, formerly the National Transplant Assistance Fund, has given the White family a $500 grant to help boost their efforts, according to a press release from the organization.

The Whites are trying to raise $10,000 through HelpHOPELive, the release said, and have raised $6,500 so far. But White said in an email that the long-term financial needs will be much greater.

“The cost of a transplant is over $850,000. Her insurance will hopefully pay 80 percent. The rest is ours to pay,” White wrote. “The cost of the injection medicine is $750 a month, which we will pay. We both are on disability, so funds are tight.”

To learn  more about White’s situation or to make a donation, visit and type in Debbie  White’s name. Or, checks can be mailed to HelpHOPELive, 150 N. Radnor Chester, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA, 19087. Put White’s name in the memo section.

HelpHOPELive has a 4-star rating—the highest possible—from Charity Navigator, a non-profit that evaluates and rates more than 5,000 charities on its website,