Hampton Roads comes to aid of man needing triple transplant

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (WAVY) –  Dozens of people in Hampton Roads are stepping up to help a Newport News man who is waiting for a triple-transplant operation.

10 On Your Side told you last week about the plight of Alvin “Buster” Bland. He has sarcoidosis, which is forcing him to get two new lungs and a new heart at Duke Medical Center. Insurance will cover the operation, but first he needs to raise $10,000 for expenses connected with several months of follow-up.

A gospel music fundraiser netted about $2,000 for Bland, and his family has set up an online fund with the National Foundation for Transplants. As of March 31, that website had raised an additional $1,270 from 28 area donors. Click here for more information.

Buster Bland fishing

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