“Astorians Barry and Jane Kuiper have been married for 27 years, and love to travel on road trips,” Lauren Fischer at RedBasket.org told the Ear. “Barry also used to be an avid golfer and softball player, but unfortunately, his health has prevented him from enjoying these activities.”
Barry has Stage 3 chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), and has to be on oxygen full time. Which, of course, means he can’t ever be too far from his oxygen tank. Consequently, Barry’s diagnosis has completely changed his life. “I have gone from being an energetic, eager and active participant in life to being an observer who must make a plan for each activity I do,” Barry explained.
To gain more mobility, Barry needs a light-weight portable oxygen machine that can produce its own oxygen. Such machines are now available, but they are expensive ... which is where RedBasket.org comes in. It’s a fee-free (imagine that) fundraising site, so all the money that comes in goes to the project. The Kuipers need to raise $4,000 by Dec. 22 to get the oxygen machine Barry needs. You can help him by donating at http://tinyurl.com/air4barry
“I would be able to leave the house whenever I wanted, for as long as I wanted,” Barry said. Regaining his freedom and independence? Priceless.