Robert (Bob) B. and his wife, Nancy, both 79 years old, have been dancing together for more than 50 years. Growing up in Scranton, PA, Bob was president of their high school marching band and Nancy was captain of the twirlers. Nancy says Bob was always more fun to dance with because his background as a musician meant he could “feel the music better than other guys.”
Between dance classes at the local YMCA and their four grandchildren, Bob and Nancy continue to stay on their toes. But last year, Bob suddenly found himself unable to keep up while playing outside with his grandchildren. He experienced severe shortness of breath that shocked the entire family.
After several tests and a biopsy at his local hospital, Bob was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The sharp downward turn in his health led doctors to believe the only way to save him was a lung transplant, although they told him not to expect to live more than six months. They suggested he start to get his affairs in order.