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Show your support for Sharlie Kaltenbach by sponsoring Lindsay and Danielle as they run the NYC Half in Central Park.

Ever try to catch your breath, but it takes a few moments? Imagine trying to catch your breath for your entire life.

This was the case for Sharlie Kaltenbach. At an early age, Sharlie 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. The fact that Sharlie has lived as long as she has, and delivered a healthy son, Harrison, is a remarkable blessing. Although she has kept an amazing and positive attitude, one of her lungs failed completely, and the other only functioned at 18-percent of normal capacity. When Sharlie’s right lung collapsed, her heart moved over to fill that empty cavity. Because of the damage sustained, Sharlie learned that she needed a new heart in addition to a new set of lungs.

After months of waiting for the right match, Sharlie’s lungs and heart arrived to Stanford in February. The surgery went well, but the phrase “Two steps forward, one step back” has been used to describe the transplant recovery process. While Sharlie is extremely grateful, the surgery does not go without new pains, discomforts, and a delicate balance of pain medications.

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Lindsay delaMontaigne and Danielle Werner have teamed up to partake in the More/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon in Central Park on April 15th as a way to show our love and support for Ryan and Sharlie…and we hope that you will join us along this race for recovery!

Although the surgery is over, the burden of the hospital bills still weigh heavily. Thus far, “Sharlie’s Angels” have donated 60% of the $100,000 goal. While we understand that this will be a small fundraiser in comparison, we wanted to help out in any way we could. Whether a monetary donation or constantly keeping Sharlie and her family in your prayers, any help is much appreciated. We will be keeping Sharlie in our thoughts and prayers as we train for this half marathon and race for her speedy recovery.
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