"Many people do not understand the financial burden patients incur before and after a transplant," his friends write. "Have you ever had to face a life-threatening illness? Have you ever become overwhelmed by the restrictive cost to cure your illness?
"Many insurance companies do not pay all the costs associated with a transplant," they add.
The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people facing such challenges for 79 years.
Last year, the charity raised a record-breaking $124,000 that helped families across the region.