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Created by Margaret Wilkerson

Tossing For Tina

Hi Friends! Welcome to our fundraising page, we appreciate you checking it out! My amazing company Lively Charleston is hosting a corn hole tournament on June 12th to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Research and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! As you may know, my beautiful Mother Tina Wilkerson has Cystic Fibrosis. She is 63 and one amazing lady. She has over come many obstacles throughout her life dealing with this disease. For those of you who may not know what Cystic Fibrosis is, it is a lung disease that causes the lungs to fill with mucus and causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. There are many symptoms that go along with CF. Persistent coughing, digestive issues, shortness of breath, weak immune system, sinus headaches, chronic pain, are just to name a few. When my mom was diagnosed at the age of 4, doctors told her she would not make it past the age of 12 and she was also told she would not be able to have children. (She has two: my brother and I, and she is extremely grateful). As time went on and doctors learned about the disease through research, we have come a long way with treatments and medicine.The average life span of someone with CF is 44 years. Throughout her child hood she had to sleep in a humidifier tent to help her breathe better, she did a vest treatment everyday that would break up the mucus in her lungs, as well as a nebulizer treatment that put medicine into her body. During her adult life and throughout my childhood, I have watched as she has battled with this disease daily. . She has been in and out of the hospital throughout my life getting IV medicine when her body becomes too weak and infections take over. In October of 2019, she had a procedure done where the doctors put a port line put in her chest because due to so many years of getting IV's, her veins are very weak. If all of this didn't already explain how amazing my mom is, she also participated in countless clinical trial studies at MUSC in the past 10 years. She was one of the first patients to try the CF drug "Trikafta" which has made a huge difference in many patient's with CF. She has done everything she can to help with CF research so that everyone with Cystic Fibrosis can live healthier and better lives. All we can hope for is that one day a cure will be found. My mom is without a doubt the strongest person I know and I'm truly amazed by her every single day. I hope and pray that a cure will be found so that she can live a healthy life and my brother, dad, and I can have many more years with her. Please consider making a donation today, It would mean the absolute world to my family and I! Your support will help make a difference for all those with CF and their families. Thank you!

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