How You Can Help Save a Homewood Girl’s Life

19-year-old Josie Nordman needs a lung transplant to survive but the famly can’t foot the $75,000 bill on their own.

This article was updated at 5 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2013

Josie Nordman of Homewood was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a chronic and frequently fatal lung disease, when she was only four months old.

Now, at 19, the Northwestern University sophomore is left with only 22 percent of her lung function. Last December, she was added to the lung transplant list.

A transplant is her only hope of surviving.

Unfortunately, that hope comes with a hefty $50,000 to $75,000 price tag. While insurance is covering a large amount of it, the remainder is still more than the Nordman family can afford.

“We are struggling to pay our monthly bills due to so many medical costs that we have no idea how to come up with this kind of money,” Josie’s mother Nicolle Nordman said on Facebook. “We need a miracle …”

Nicolle Nordman turned to Facebook for help. A former teacher of Josie’s took it a step further and set up a website where anybody can donate money towards the cause. They’ve already collected $1,300 from friends and strangers alike, but much more is needed. No donation is too small.

If every family in H-F donated $10 today, the Nordman's could pay for the operation in full.

Anyone interested in donating money towards Josie’s lung transplant can do so on this website.

momof4 January 16, 2013 at 01:18 PM
This young woman is needing a lung transplant and there is no help for her. We hear frequently on the news of the hospitals and dr's flying in people needing life saving treatment from other countries. They get medical attention for free! Josie needs help..who is going to help her? This country helps others before their own and I'm sick of it..just don't get it?! I pray Josie gets the transplant and lives a long healty, successful life. God Bless.
Paul January 16, 2013 at 02:04 PM
And people think a nationalized health care system is not required....
Kate Duff January 16, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Thanks, Patch, for picking up on this story and supporting the Nordman family. Anyone who has seen a theater production in HF has seen a Nordman in action!
Ken January 16, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Stay strong Josie! Think positive hope your loading up on fruits and veggies,lots of vit d3 and rest!
John C Thomson January 16, 2013 at 04:29 PM
So, one thought. How can this story be printed in the Evanston Patch where Northwestern University is located. I've read often where the students there are doing amazing fund raising activities for Lou Gherig's disease and the like.
BlackHawks Fan January 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
John ~ Good idea. I just sent an email to Jennifer Fisher 'jenniferf@patch.com' the Evanston Patch editor.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 05:04 PM
John, and Blackhawks fan, we've posted the story at http://evanston.patch.com/articles/northwestern-student-seeks-help-for-live-saving-transplant Thank you for passing it on!
BlackHawks Fan January 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Thank you Jenny!!!
SouthSide January 16, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Human beings need our help no matter where they live.
Nicolle Lynn Nordman January 16, 2013 at 07:18 PM
This is Josie's mother Nicolle. I want to thank the patch for covering this story. I am so touched at the kindness of strangers and the amount of support we are receiving for Josie. I do want clear something up. The bulk of Josie's $750,000 transplant IS covered by our insurance. We are left with a balance that will need to be paid. Josie WILL get her transplant as soon as lungs become available. They will not hold her transplant because we do not have our part. We will have to pay whatever we owe over time until it is paid off. There will also be costs incurred related to transplant, post transplant and for the rest of her life that the insurance will not cover. We have been battling with our current insurance company over medications she needs for years that they do not want to pay for (stay away from United Healthcare if you can) and I am sure we will continue to do so. We are grateful for all your help and support and it will all be used for Josie's transplant and recovery but please DO NOT feel that Josie will not get her transplant because we are "uninsured". We do have insurance, but as most of you know insurance does not cover everything. Please also take the time to register to be an organ donor at Gift of Hope. There are thousands of people waiting for organs who will never get them because there are not enough donors.
Nicolle Lynn Nordman January 16, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Please also note, Josie has been on the lung transplant list since 12-12-12 (hopefully a lucky number, not only a week as printed above. Average wait time for lungs is 6 months but because Josie is so small, her wait time could be longer. She need lungs from someone under 5'2", most likely a child.
Brian Latman January 16, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I would like to do a fundraiser at Just Turkey. This story touched me as I know others. I could only think about my children. I wish the health care system would pick up the whole tab, but it just isn't the case. Sending prayers Josie and her families way and knowing it will work out in the end. More info to follow about the fundraiser.
Nicolle Lynn Nordman January 16, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Thank you so much Brian! I cannot wait to hear more details. I am very frustrated with the insurance and health care and the hoops we seem to have to jump through every week to get the simplest thing taken care of.
BlackHawks Fan January 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Nicolle~ You may want to consider posting a link to your FB page on Homewood Flossmoor High School FB page.
Kate January 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM
The community should organize a fun run for this spring. It doesn't cost much to do, will get the word out about the disease, and many people don't like to just hand over cash. They want to be involved! Name it something cute "jogging for Josie" or whatever, get sponsors for the backs of a tshirt, charge $25 a person. People love doing 5k's. I used to work for a tshirt company (Marathon Sportwear in Blue Island). You can easily pocket $20 per person, and it is such a positive and powerful thing. Good luck in whatever fund raising you do!
Nicolle Lynn Nordman January 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Kate fantastic idea! To the Homewood Flossmooe community, if anyone would like to organize this we will give you whatever help you need. Just let us know!
Nicolle Lynn Nordman January 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Thanks to the community, the fund is now at $4,448. I would love to see it hit $5,000 by bedtime tonight. Thanks to everyone who is donating, running fundraisers and keeping us in your thoughts!! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/312551/x/2117935?show_todos=true
Nicolle Lynn Nordman January 17, 2013 at 05:22 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/191898460955961/?context=create This fundraiser has been set up by a 1988 HF graduate who was a perfect stranger to me until yesterday. She saw an article about Josette Nordman and wanted to help. Her name is Caryn Monis. I am so touched by her and her kindness I don't even know what to say. Here is more about her: I graduated from HF back in 1988. I live in Huntley, IL with my husband and 3 amazing kids. I started my Tastefully Simple business 5 years ago and absolutely love it! It allows me to help others by providing solutions for busy lives. Whether it's earning free groceries by hosting a party, getting a much-needed night out, raising funds for charity or starting a fun & flexible career with unlimited earning potential, I love being able to enhance people's lives. A high school friend posted a story about Josie on Facebook and I was immediately touched. Here is this amazing young woman who is so bright and talented and not only pushing forward -- but succeeding -- in the face of adversity. I didn't even get to the end of the story before I knew I wanted to help. So we're setting up this fundraiser and I will be donating 100% of my profits to help the Nordman family with their medical bills.


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