Community rallies around man who recently had double lung transplant


    A benefit dinner was held at the Eagles in Traverse City for Jim Reamer on Sunday. Reamer recently received a double lung transplant. (WPBN/Rachael Schuit)

    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Dozens of people gathered for a benefit dinner Sunday afternoon for a Traverse City man who recently had a double lung transplant.

    Jim Reamer was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

    Because of his diagnosis, Reamer needed a lung transplant and was fortunate enough to get one a couple months ago at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

    Reamer still has to travel back and forth for screenings and doctors appointments so his children organized a benefit for him at the Eagles in Traverse City to help with those expenses.

    The money will come from the silent auction.

    "It's just saying that I got a lot of people that care about me and love me my family and friends I didn't know I had this much support out here in Traverse City and it just brings back the love that everybody has for everybody so it's great that they came out to see me and help me and me and my wife's journey that we're going through right now," said Reamer.

    Reamer said he is grateful he was able to get a new set of lungs and hopes others will realize the importance of being an organ donor.

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