In one week, I will run the 2018 New York City Marathon, and I will be running for Team Laura.
My sister-in-law, Laura Cryan Zellmer, is a fighter. She has continuously battled Cystic Fibrosis for more than forty years and has always come out on top. Just over two years ago, Laura received a double lung transplant and was given a reprieve from a few of the challenges in her fight with CF. *Please do be sure to register to become an organ donor.
However, these past few months, Laura's health has rapidly deteriorated with shocking suddenness. She developed chronic rejection of her lungs and Laura is now back at the UCSF Medical Center awaiting a second transplant. *Please do be sure to register to become an organ donor.
Laura is a fighter; she is brave and her story is inspiring. As Laura is quick to point out, she does not battle Cystic Fibrosis alone.
Her parents, Anne and Martin Cryan, have dedicated themselves to ensuring her care and quality of life. From the time of Laura's birth, Anne and Marty have been rock steady in their willingness to do what it takes. Laura's older sister Joanna and younger sister Kate (my wife) exemplify sibling love and care. Both are seasoned veterans of this ongoing war.
It would be impossible to describe the heroics of Kevin and Everett Zellmer, Laura's husband and eleven year old son. Kevin and Everett are a daily source of inspiration; they continue to have unfailing fortitude in the face of adversity.
Laura's friends and Moraga network have shown incredible loyalty and eagerness to join in her fight with Cystic Fibrosis. With logistical and emotional support, her team continues to step up.
Finally, the care Laura receives at UCSF is top notch. The nurses, doctors, and specialists prove on a daily basis that UCSF has the best cardiopulmonary care. Not everyone who fights CF is lucky enough to have health care team of this caliber. Laura is keenly aware of this advantage and wants to do more than win her own battle.
Laura would like to help others who, like her, have to stay in San Francisco by the hospital post transplant. After a transplant, a patient must remain near the hospital for endless appointments and check ups for an extended period of time. This is no small task. This fundraiser is in support of #teamlaura and her fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The money raised will be used to support UCSF and their social work teams who work with transplant families to get them what they need to make their life saving surgeries possible. *Please do be sure to register to become an organ donor.
Thank you so much in advance for your support!