About Andi Swenson
… Breathe On... Andi…
The family and friends of Andi Swenson are uniting for the next necessary step in her battle with CF: a double lung and liver transplant.
As an infant, 22 year old Harvard native Andi, daughter of Eric and Lea Swenson, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), an inherited, chronic and progressive disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. CF originates from a defective gene that causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the organs, especially the lungs. This leads to life threatening infections. With the disease also come multiple complications that continue to threaten Andi’s health and ability to breathe. Although once highly interested and motivated in her job at the Harvard Veterinary Clinic, Andi now has an alternative full-time job at home, completing treatments to maintain her health.
Over the past 8 years, Andi has been hospitalized more than 30 times for lung infections that, with each onset, cause scarring and a loss of elasticity, which drastically compromise her lung capacity. Her lungs now function at 20 percent.
There is no cure for CF. Yet, there is hope. With a double lung and liver transplant, Andi will no longer endure her daily struggle with breathing, as the CF gene will no longer be present in her transplanted organs.
Andi and her family need help to cover the numerous out-of-pocket expenses that will accompany the transplant. Andi’s family has asked for assistance from the national charity based Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in Bloomington, Indiana. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant- related expenses. COTA’s services are completely free of charge and 100% of funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.
For more information about CF and organ donation, visit CFF.org, lung.org and unos.org
August 24, 2013 Walk/Run Results
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