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Transplant

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AS I was going through my old emails for some auditions I’ve had it was fun to walk down memory lane. Here are some of the emails I got and parts I’ve done.

From: “Fast & Furious Five Extras”
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 17:15:51 -0400
To: Philip Webb
Subject: Vin Diesel Photo Double tomorrow

Hey Phil,

YOU ARE SECOND UNIT. and you are going to be one of the DOM PHOTO DOUBLE OPTIONS:
you’ll be wearing Vin Diesel’s clothes
@ 7:00 AM for Friday October 22, Location is in the warehouse behind the production office,
1*** HWY 138 NE CONYERS, GA 30013

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SSM & Talent agency
3*** Buckeye rd Suite # 527
Atlanta, GA 30341

October 16, 2010

Levi Jean Ad

Dear Philip Webb,

Thank You for your interest in Auditioning with SSM & Talent. We are a premier resource for aspiring Models, Actors/Actress and Talent. We are dedicated on helping promising models and talent to audition in front of the most prestigious agencies. You are cordially invited to an open audition. Please make sure you arrive on time and prepared.

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From: “Emily Bates”
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 17:09:59 -0400
To: ‘Philip Webb’
Subject: 30 Rock, Eps 501

Thanks! They are asking for a full body shot as well to see if you might match up with the others. Do you have a full body shot?

From: Philip Webb [mailto:webbinsc@att.net]
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 5:09 PM
To: emily@barbmcasting.com
Subject: 30 Rock

Hello Emily,

Thanks for the call. See you in NY at 30 Rockefeller square.

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From: Alexis Scheu
To: webbinsc@***.net
Sent: Mon, August 9, 2010 11:30:11 PM
Subject: Re: Jack & Jill Audition – Adam Sandler Double

59** W. Slauson Ave
2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90230

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David Manigault
To Me
Subject: Audition

Oct 14, 2010

Official Casting Date

You recently submitted for a role in the movie “Who Can You Trust”, You have been selected to read for the part for which you applied. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to reading time so that you will have time to read over the portion of lines selected for your character.
Date: October 23, 2010
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Address: 3500 Boston Street

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Horses

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This cool horse has a mustache. 
During our visit to the L.A. equestrian center,  we came across this awesome guy.
Burbank is known for its studios,  but there are also tons of horses for riding and shows. It’s so cool!

Get your horse on!

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Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Colleagues of Colleagues, Friends of Colleagues and Misfits,

 

            That should cover everyone and if not, feel free to add your name above! First of all, thank you for reading this long, but valuable letter. I’ve never had to write such a letter and I Pray I will never have to in the future, so bear with me as I try my best to put this together.

            For those of you that don’t know me, I am Philip Webb, I have Cystic Fibrosis (CF. For more information on CF you can check out www.cff.org) and I am now 44 ½ years old, married to Tinamarie and have 3 adopted children. I’ve been pretty healthy most of my life, however with time and progression of this nasty disease my lungs have gotten together and decided (I wasn’t notified of the meeting) to give in their resignation. The past four years I’ve seen great loss in my lung capacity, from 60% to now only about 30%, for all those who failed math, that’s about a 50% loss and I’m on oxygen at night and with exercise. What does 30%  mean, well here’s what it’s like; try closing your mouth, plugging one nostril all the way and the other nostril half the way…ha, you tried it didn’t you? Seriously, I’m guessing that’s what it’s like to a “normal” person. As my health has declined over the past four years I’ve seen more doctors and been in more hospitals then I even dare to count, but one thing was the same with each doctor, they all said, Transplant is in the future.

A little over a year ago, Tinamarie and I started talking about Transplant. Up to this point I have not considered transplant. However, my heart and my lungs have changed my mind. Therefore, Tinamarie and I have tried three different hospitals and doctors trying to find the right fit for my health. Finally, as of March 2013, we found Keck Medical Hospital at USC here in Los Angeles. They have a very special CF Team along with a unique hospital and they do lung transplants here at the hospital. Matter of fact Dr. McFadden, one of the transplant surgeons was name Surgeon of the year 2011. Those are the kind of things that made us feel comfortable. Plus, the warm, coastal weather here is Great for me.

In October 2013, as I was admitted for yet another virus acting up in my lungs, my CF doctor asked is now the time I would like to start the process of being listed for a double lung transplant. I thought, “Duh, I can’t breathe”, but I really said was, Yes. With that, the evaluation started. They took roughly 30 tubes of blood, apparently they have a vampire on staff, because OMG was that a lot of blood. They tested my heart’s strength and made me walk for 6 minutes while being monitored. The toughest part of all this, yes the needles hurt, but the 6 minute walk, for someone having trouble breathing, geesh that sucked! After the evaluation was completed, the 25 person transplant team met and discussed my case. There was some concern about me complying with the treatments after transplant, because they didn’t know me. So, I had to prove to them I was worthy, got that Done. The team met again and as of Jan 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm, I was officially list for a double lung transplant.

I’ve been asked; why both lungs, why not just one? Because both lungs are infected with CF and they both have to go. I also get asked; will I still have CF after transplant. Yes, CF is a defect in a gene that does not produce the correct proteins for the body, but my lungs are the worst things about me, well my insides anyway.

Now on to the hard part. As most of you know the cost for any hospital stay is large, my average stay in the hospital in the past year has been 2 weeks, with a cost of about $155,000.00 and roughly $1,200.00 of that is my cost after insurance. I have been in the hospital roughly five times in the past year. You can do the math! Needless to say we don’t have that kind of money at this time to cover all of that. Dr. MacFadden told me that a double lung transplant is the most severe surgery anyone can have. They have to put you on all kinds of ventilators and machines to keep you a live while they transplant one lung at a time, the body can’t survive if they removed both lungs at the same time. Unlike a liver or kidney transplant, which can have a living donor ( for more info on living donors as seen on CNN and several other networks, check out www.matchingdonors.com) So, I took to heart, that this is not just a simple nose job, but it’s also one of the most expensive surgery’s.  If you know me, I go all the way, I don’t do things half-assed. Ha. Like the time I finished an 18 month college course in 12 months or the time I was listed for Social Security Disability in less than 3 months (fastest ever) or the time my friends and I stole $486 worth of food from a store for a bbq…ok T.M.I. getting off track here.

Anyway, Tinamarie and I haven’t hit the lottery yet, so we are reaching out to our loving, caring and generous family and friends to help with the cost of medical as well as living expenses. Currently, we are apartment managers and get paid only with rent reduction. To be honest, I haven’t been able to hold up my part of the bargain, Tinamarie runs this place, as well as does all the physical cleaning and renting of the units. She also has been my in-home nurse, my mental supporter (that’s a job in itself) and has maintained our jobs here. However, we will not be able to keep this job once I have my transplant, so we are currently looking to move into a better, more suitable place to live.  As you can see there is a lot that has to be considered with a transplant and we are determined to make them all happen, so I can live a much longer, happier and healthier life for my awesome wife, my three beautiful kids, family members and mostly for myself (is that selfish?).

Any amount of donation is always welcomed and most appreciated. We know it’s not a great economy and things are tough for a lot of us, including us, so we thank you deeply for any help.

My brother Kevin Webb has set up a special account for this sole purpose and will manage that account, because that’s what he does for a living. You can contact him for additional instructions.

 

 – Subject Line: Transplant

webb88@verizon.net

 

I hope you’re able celebrate with me in my pursuit of new lungs. As always I welcome Prayers for new lung, a long, happy life and may you all be Blessed in return.

 

Thank you again from the bottom of my ‘lungs’.

 Sincerely,

Philip & Tinamarie

Image Myself & my wife Tinamarie 2012

Image My three kids last fall.

 

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