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Friday, January 6, 2012

Lungs 4 Sherri

My next door neighbor, Sherri, has had to deal with Cystic Fibrosis and it's effects for her whole life. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease which causes the body to create thick, sticky mucus that builds up in the lungs, digestive tract, and the rest of the body. Most people with CF don't live past 20, and Sherri is 46 years old! She is truly amazing! Recently, Sherri and her family made the decision to do a lung transplant.

From her website, Lungs 4 Sherri:
"Sherri has been fortunate to live during a time when dedicated doctors and researchers have made significant medical advances to help preserve her life and thousands of CF patients around the world. Unfortunately, Sherri's lung disease has progressed to the point she can't wait for the cure for CF to be found. She needs new lungs!
The decision to have a lung transplant isn't easy. You don't want to get them too early because the mortality rate is 50% within 5 years. You don't want to be too sick because the recovery is more difficult and there is the risk of no lungs coming available that match your profile.
There is also a huge financial cost. The average estimates for double lung transplant is $300,000 with non-insurance expenses averaging $90,000. That amount seems overwhelmingly impossible for one person or a single family to tackle on their own; however, miracles do happen when communities of friends and families   get involved."

I hope you will consider donating to Sherri's cause. You can support her financially by going to her website, Lungs 4 Sherri, donating at any Wells Fargo location,  or sending a check to the address listed on her page.

You can also help by spreading the word about Cystic Fibrosis, and about Sherri and her lung transplant, and by signing up as an organ donor. You can do that here.

Thank you for your support! Sherri definitely deserves it!

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