Monday, October 31, 2011

Are You One of Sharlie's Angels?

Sharlie is a dear friend of mine who desperately needs a double lung & heart transplant. Her life depends on it.

I wanted to pop in quickly today to share a piece of Sharlie with you...she is an incredible wife, mom, sister and friend who is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. To describe her as "sweet" seems like an understatment. But she really is one of the sweetest people I know. She has an incredible positive attitude and outlook on life. Can you imagine living every day as if you're breathing out of a straw? That's her reality. And it's getting worse.

I encourage you to check out her blog, Sharlie's Angels, so that you might be touched as well. Just coming into contact with Sharlie is a blessing!

Here are some tidbits from her fundraising website:

Sharlie’s family and friends are uniting to fund her impending transplant. The transplant, rehabilitation and related expenses could exceed insurance coverage by several hundred thousand dollars. Please 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 watching this YouTube video...

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.

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?”

You can visit Sharlie's fundraising website HERE for more information, and if you feel led, donate to her surgery. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

Most importantly, if you could keep Sharlie and her family in your prayers, that's the most powerful thing you could do!

I'll leave you with this short video that Jon Foreman of Switchfoot sent to Shar...

Jon Foreman , Sharlie Kaltenbach Benefit from Benny Ek on Vimeo.

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