The wife of a B.C.-raised cystic fibrosis sufferer has nothing but good things to say about Donald Trump after the U.S. billionaire donated $40,000 to help pay for living expenses while her husband recovers from a second lung transplant.
Trump and partner Bill Zanker donated the money to James and Adena Reimer after the couple began raising money through FundAnything.com, a crowdfunding website that the businessmen run together, CTV News reported.
"The Trump donation relieved huge financial burdens. We are extremely grateful for it," Adena told the network.
James moved to Toronto for his first lung transplant in 2011, and met Adena while he was there. He proposed to her just hours before he went in for his operation.
James had a successful operation but later learned his body was rejecting his lungs, forcing him to get a second transplant.
With bills piling up for living expenses in a new city, Adena turned to FundAnything.com, asking for $10,000 to pay for rent, food and medicine.
Their plight got the attention of the website's founders, who held a lavish event in Manhattan in early May where they handed Adena a suitcase with $40,000 to help them out while James was getting treatment, ABC Eyewitness News reported.
"If there's a problem, we will try and help but there are so many people," Trump said.
James underwent his second transplant in late May. The couple hopes to return to the west coast, where James wants to finish his degree in environmental science at the University of Victoria.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Reimers can go to their FundAnything page. They'll be raising money for the next 44 days.
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