Asheboro -- People with Cystic Fibrosis don't tend to live 53 years. Just by being alive, Patti Benedict is beating the odds.
She was born with the inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. It causes the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs. Every day, she has to wake up early for treatments. She wears a vest which basically knocks the mucus loose so she can breathe for a few more hours.
As of now, Benedict's lung capacity is about 22%. She needs a double lung transplant to save her life. The transplant is expensive- but covered by insurance. However, the expenses don't stop there. They will go on for the rest of her life. She will need $2,000 a month just for medications... for the rest of her life.
On top of that, she and her husband live in Asheboro but will also need an apartment within 30 minutes of Chapel Hill, where she will have the surgery, for about 3 months. Plus, neither she nor her husband will be able to work during that time when he is acting as her full time care-giver.
The Benedicts are in need of help. They need to raise $100,000 before Patti can have the surgery. They will be having several fundraisers in the next few months. Or you can simply donate to their cause through COTA, the Children's Organ Transplant Association.
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