GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A Gresham man with lymphoma says he needs a bone marrow transplant to survive - but his health insurance won't cover it.
Schooner St. John, a 40-year-old dad and former Little League coach, is covered under the Oregon Health Family Plan. He already had one transplant and said they won't cover a second one.
Around 100 family, friends, and Centennial Little League players stood on exit ramps off I-205, collecting donations to try and cover the costs themselves. His wife, Mindy, says they need to raise 500,000 dollars.
"It's been pretty rough on the whole family," she said. "I don't think we're going to get rich standing out by the freeway ramps. That's not my goal. My goal is to let other people know they might be in this same predicament if something does not change."
Christine Stone with Oregon Health Authority said she cannot talk about this specific case because of patient privacy laws. She did say that second transplants are covered on a case-by-case basis.
"Coverage for transplants depends on the diagnosis from the physician, the state of health of the patient and the transplant facility's recommendation," she said.
St. John said he's thankful for all the help and hopes to live a long life. But without the transplant he's not so sure. "I always felt really invincible," he said. "But this can happen to anyone."
A fund for Schooner St. John is set up at any US Bank location. The fund is called "Team St. John Fighting For A Cure"
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