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Don & Ashley are teaming up with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association to assist Colin Wilson of Benson with his needs for a double lung transplant.
Colin, now 22, was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Doctors at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have recommended a life-saving double lung transplant for Colin. The goal is to raise $40,000 to assist Colin’s family with the financial burdens related to the transplant.
About Colin Wilson: “My name is Colin Wilson, and I am 22 years old. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, which is a genetic terminal lung disease, at six months of age. For the past 22 years I have fought this battle, and my lungs have become progressively worse, to the point of needing a transplant. I am currently taking fourteen medications, including inhaled antibiotics and digestion medicine. I do airway clearance every day to keep the lungs from building up bacteria which cause lung infections. Within the past two years, this disease has progressed to the point that I have been hospitalized almost every other month since September, 2015. The progression of my disease is severe enough that UNC Chapel Hill is evaluating me to be placed on a double lung transplant list. I am trying to get on the waiting list, but due to the criteria for the out-of-pocket expenses related to the transplant, I need to raise money for medical expenses, relocation, housing and travel expenses. The transplant team at UNC has informed me that I must raise a minimum of $15,000 for these basic expenses in order to be placed on the list. These expenses are in addition to those covered by my insurance. The estimated amount I will need to cover all expenses to include after transplant problems that may arise is $40,000. I have so many things that I would like to do like going to college and being able to continue my passion for drawing. I want to be able to breathe for the first time without stopping every fifteen minutes to catch my breath. I want to know how it feels to not need an oxygen tank to breathe and a Bipap to keep me from being so tired the next day. I want to be an Uncle for my brother’s children, and someday get married and be a Dad. I want to be an inspiration for others who have fought and are still fighting this disease. I would greatly appreciate any help and support that you could possibly give. It doesn’t matter how much because any amount is one step closer to this wonderful gift that I have been given. Please remember me and my family in your prayers. Thank you so much for your support.”
Click here to learn more about Colin’s fight with Cystic Fibrosis.
Saturday, September 24
1 Mile Fun Run: 8:00am
5K Run: 8:30am
Awards to follow 5K: 5k Overall Male/Female $100 awarded to each; MEDAL—5k Age division M/F
Rregistration will take place at Nathan Harris Athletic Complex at Tyler Park
201 North General William Lee Avenue and Harnett Street
Runners/walkers for 5k will be transported by bus to race start along the Dunn-Erwin Railtrail. Race will continue off of trail onto Orange Avenue and end at entrance of Tyler Park on Harnett Street.
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