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For Sharlie Kaltenbach, Living IS the Dream. Please join us in becoming one of Sharlie’s Angels.

Sharlie desperately needs a heart/lung transplant. Her life depends on it.

Sharlie’s family and friends are uniting to fund this expensive procedure. We have been told the transplant, rehabilitation and related expenses could exceed insurance coverage by several hundred thousand dollars. We are so very grateful for the “Sharlie’s Angels” who have stepped forward to raise money for this cause…climbing to dizzying heights; running hundreds of miles, launching websites, even setting up lemonade stands. Thank you! We love Sharlie and are humbled that you would join this battle simply out of the goodness of your hearts, simply because you care. You have made a difference and we are forever indebted to you. We are asking everyone who knows and loves Shar to forward this page to your contacts and to keep Sharlie, her husband Ryan and their four-year-old son Harrison in your prayers.

Sharlie is a beautiful, vibrant 32-year-old wife and mother who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. You can get a sense of her indomitable spirit by clicking on the You Tube video on the upper left-hand side of this page. That Shar has lived as long as she has, and delivered a healthy son, was thought to be impossible. Now, however, one of her lungs has failed completely, and the other only functions at 18-percent of normal. When Sharlie’s right lung collapsed, her heart moved over to fill that empty cavity. Because of the damage sustained, we have recently learned that Sharlie needs a new heart in addition to a new set of lungs. Sharlie’s loving light is dimming, like a candle starved of air. Will you join us in becoming one of “Sharlie’s Angels?”

A little more about this remarkable woman…

On, March 19, 1979, Sharlie became the newest member born into a family with three older, healthy siblings. It wasn’t until 14 months later that she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) – a chronic, degenerative, terminal disease. At the time of her diagnosis, Sharlie wasn’t expected to live past the age of 10. Two months after Sharlie’s diagnosis, her mother, Collette, gave birth to another baby girl, Lexi, who was also diagnosed with CF.

Growing up, Sharlie and Lexi were inseparable. They grew even closer due to the common bond of living with Cystic Fibrosis. Sharlie watched her younger sister; best friend, confidante and playmate physically degenerate before her eyes. Sadly, Lexi lost her life to Cystic Fibrosis at the tender age of 14. She and her mother lovingly held Lexi as she passed from this life into the next, leaving Sharlie to continue on her journey without her little sister.

Today, at the age of 32, Sharlie has beaten many odds, not the least of which has been outliving her original life expectancy by more than 22 years! Sharlie is an accomplished writer and has spoken to audiences around the world. She has taken a proactive approach to her own health, studying nutrition and healing.

Sharlie gracefully balances being a wife to Ryan and mother to their darling Harrison with taking care of herself and keeping up with her rigorous daily schedule of treatments and exercise. She also finds great fulfillment in enriching the lives of those around her. She serves as a youth leader in her church and loves being involved in the Cystic Fibrosis community – raising awareness, fundraising, connecting with others with CF online and speaking at CF functions. In 2010, Sharlie was honored with the prestigious “Woman Who Takes Our Breath Away” award from the San Diego Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was the keynote speaker at the annual CF Gala.

We have had people ask if they can send a donation by mail. Absolutely! Please make checks out to:

Sharlie Kaltenbach Medical Fund and send them in care of Sharlie’s brother, Dax Ross. The address is: 896 Summer Moon Road, San Marcos, CA 92078.

One final note:

Please send any pictures of your fund-raising efforts to We would be honored to add you to our photo gallery. And again…thank you!
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