Local husband and father needs help with medical expenses for lung transplant

September 24, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

The community is rallying around Kyle Lysek – a husband and father of two who is in need of a lung transplant. We were asked to share his story  – which we are happy to do.


Here’s Kyle’s story:

“Loved dearly by his family and friends for his groan-worthy dad jokes, Kyle Lysek is the kind of man that goes out of his way to put smiles on the faces of everyone he meets–a real friend to all. Not only is Kyle a friend to many, but he is also a father to two wonderful children, Evan (15) and Grace (9), and a loving husband to his wife, Sarah. Kyle served his country for 8 years in the Army Reserve as a Drill Instructor. Unfortunately, beneath his warm and jovial demeanor for which everyone knows him, Kyle struggles with a rare and life-threatening condition called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. This debilitating disease causes scarring in the lungs that increases over time, making it nearly impossible to for enough oxygen to enter the bloodstream. Kyle Never smoked ONE day in his entire life. This past May, Kyle was hospitalized and diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to lack of lung function. He now requires oxygen 24/7 and has to follow a low sodium diet. There is no cure for this condition. Kyle is in desperate need of a lung transplant. In order to be placed on a lung transplant list, he is obligated to prove that he has $10,000.00 minimum available to cover the expenses of this procedure. Friends and family are doing all that they can to help raise these funds, but we need your help to reach this goal. In this city, the City of Good Neighbors, we don’t turn our backs when our fellow Buffalonians need help. We’re known for going out of our way to lend a hand to those in need. One of Kyle’s favorite songs is the theme song for the Liverpool soccer team, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Would you please consider a donation towards Kyle’s lung transplant expenses? It would mean the world to him, his wife, his children, and all of the people who love him. It would mean that one of your own Buffalo neighbors will someday have the chance to meet his grandchildren. It would mean that Kyle can continue to laugh and encourage the people he encounters everyday. It would mean that he can have enough breath to keep cheering for the Buffalo Sabres for years to come. It would mean that Kyle will not have to walk alone, thanks to your generous.




Wishing Kyle and his family all the best.



About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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