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This fundraiser ended on 03/18/13

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Help us give our mother, Karen Christy, the Breath of Life. Suffocating from Congenital Bronchiectasis, her breath is shortening day-by-day.

Our mother is a simple lady; loves to garden, loves to read, and loves her children.

Growing up with her, we have become familiar with the sound of her cough. A cough that we could pick out in a crowd of a thousand. A cough that was the only other sound heard while performing in school plays. A cough that she thought was caused by asthma.

For the last 30 years, our mother has struggled with this cough. An unsettling irk that creeps up every ten minutes or so. She never seemed to let it bother her, just felt like it was something that she had to deal with. Call it a staple in our minds, we can't remember a time when she wasn't coughing.
For us, the last ten years have been a little quieter. Our parents divorced and our mother moved to North Carolina to start a new life with the help of her parents. During that time she opened up a business, Karen's Attic, which is an antique consignment shop off a small highway near Southern Pines. She was so proud of this place, even though the building in our eyes wasn't fit for a squatter. She decorated it cute, shabby-chic I think she calls it, and worked six days a week, ten hours a day in that building.

About six months ago, our mother was diagnosed with Aspergillus, which is a mold like fungus that grows in the lungs. It immediately dawned on her, that the building she starting her business could possibly have mold growing in it. Forbidden by her doctors and unable to go back to work, hiring an attorney was something that she simply can't afford. Since our mom has been home and locked away from what she loved doing, her health seemed to deteriorate at a much more rapid pace.

Unbeknownst to her kids, our mother was admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath. She was unable to walk from her bed to the living room, huffing like a marathon runner. The doctors kept her for one week, finally coming to the conclusion that her own lungs were suffocating her. The very part that we enjoy filling with clean air in the morning was strangling her to death. The doctor told her that her only option to survive was a double lung transplant performed at Duke University Hospital. And the cost, an astounding $500,000. Today we are asking for 20% of that to help pay her co-pay.

Please help us obtain our goal in spreading the word and donating to our cause.
Love, her children,
Marc, Audi, Chrissy, and Paul.
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