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Teenage daughter is trying to raise money to grant her mother's only Christmas wish: a lung transplant, and a second chance at life.

My name is Alyshia Rockwell. I'm 19 years old and am fighting to help give my mother a second chance at life.

Her name is Sara, and she is fighting pulmonary fibrosis, a lung condition that currently has no known cause, much less a cure.

To get the second chance she deserves, my mother needs a lung transplant. Something I can't get her on my own.

This is her story:
My mother was born in 1960 to a janitor and his wife. At the age of 12 she was diagnosed with scoliosis. And while still young, she lost her mother and brother.

Now, life has thrown her another curve-ball.Almost 40 years later she has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. After moving to Alaska, symptoms that we believed to be mere allergies had gotten worse, and it became difficult to breath even on the clear days.

After receiving her diagnosis my mother was told she needed to receive a double lung transplant. This was a procedure that could not be where we lived, and it was time to relocate again.

By the end of 2011 we had left for Seattle, Washington, hoping to receive treatment at the University. Since then it has been appointment after appointment, attempting to get on the transplant list.


Every day is a struggle with her condition. Being almost constantly short of breath my mother must be on oxygen 24/7. She is unable to go out and enjoy the physical activities she loves.

Recently my best friend, Manuel, who relocated with my family, has effectively left his part-time job to act as a caregiver for my mother.

This Christmas I asked my mother what she wanted as a gift. The only thing she wanted was to make it through this. There is nothing I want more than to give my mother the second chance she deserves. She is the strongest, most loyal, and honest woman I know.
But unfortunately I alone can not afford her treatment. I ask only for financial help so that one day my mother might know the joys of being a grandmother.
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