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As I write this, I’m sitting in the hospital with Rebecca as she fights complications of stage 3 kidney disease. It was accelerated by her double lung transplant because of the bodily strain of the procedure and the anti-rejection meds that it required. I cannot be too upset by that because it saved her life in 2015. CF is a hard and complicated disease in many ways. But I’m not participating in cycle for life to help her, I’m doing this to help prevent others from going through the overwhelming challenges that she experienced. Rebecca is one of roughly 30,000 people in the US living with CF.
From the pneumonia she faced when we were dating to being placed on supplemental oxygen in 2012...I've seen her fight bravely against the progression of this disease for the entire time I’ve known her. On New Year's Eve 2014, after 37 years of struggling with CF, Rebecca went into respiratory failure and was placed on a ventilator in a chemically induced coma. There was little hope for her surviving, but she did survive. After 6 months on that ventilator she received a life-saving double lung transplant. She is now 3 years post-transplant and continues to work hard to maintain her health. Despite continual setbacks like the one we’re experiencing today…she fights.
Imagine if your child was just diagnosed with CF or you were a young person with CF looking to an unknown future. That is the perspective I think about when I donate my time and money to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Although tremendous progress has been made in the search for a permanent cure, too many lives are cut far too short.
By cycling, I am helping add tomorrows to the lives of all people living with cystic fibrosis. Support me by making a donation to my CF Cycle for Life fundraising campaign today!