Conway, Ark., May 19, 2011 – Daniel Helms has had a change of heart — literally. He recently celebrated the first anniversary of his lifesaving heart transplant, but the costs are overwhelming. Volunteers are holding a yard sale to help offset his expenses.Volunteers are planning a yard sale at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 4, in the empty lot across from Lim’s Country Corner on Highway 365 in Conway. Available items include home décor, clothing, books, appliances, toys and more. In 1999, Helms suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Heart issues run in his family, as his parents and grandparents all suffered from heart disease. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to his survival, and he received his lifesaving transplant in May 2010 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Helms, 57, has four daughters, and his wife, Terry, has a daughter and a son. He is a fun-loving man who has never met a stranger and likes to make others smile. He finally has the energy to play with his grandchildren, work in the yard, fish and spend more time with his family. A heart transplant costs approximately $750,000. Even with insurance, Helms faces significant medical expenses related to his transplant. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The cost of post-transplant medications can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. Although Helms was once a fire chief, welder and mechanic, his health problems forced him to stop working, adding to the financial strain. To help with his expenses, Helms turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT). NFT is a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn., that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses."Of course we’re thrilled that Daniel received his transplant," said Kay Horne, NFT fundraising consultant. "But the transplant is just the first hurdle. Many people don’t realize the lifelong expenses associated with transplantation. At NFT, we’re helping Daniel and Terry raise these funds so they can focus on Daniel’s new life without constantly worrying about the costs." For more information, please contact Rachel Helms at 501-328-3913.To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Helms, please send a contribution to the NFT Arkansas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Daniel Helms" on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should click on "Patients We Help" to locate Helms.NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. In the past 28 years, NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $59 million to assist patients. NFT currently assists more than 1,000 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit www.transplants.org.