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Sarah Dicker

Sarah Dicker

I was first introduced to CF when I was 12 years old and met my best friend Jennie. We met at high holiday services when I was helping in one of the babysitting rooms and she came to check on her baby brother, little did we know then just how good of friends we'd become. We quickly became inseperable and as close as sisters. We even had our own way of communicating without actually talking which drove our Sunday school teachers crazy! At first, the CF didn't seem to be a big deal; Jen had to take some pills before eating and use a nebulizer and flutter (something she blew into that would cause a vibration to help break up mucus) a couple times a day but for the most part, she had a normal life. To be honest, I don't remember the first time Jennie was in the hospital after we met, but I do remember when her visits became more frequent and the 45-60min drive to go visit her. She eventually got a picc line put in so that she could do her IV treatments at home and allow her to go to school when she was feeling well enough. Even though the CF was getting worse, she didn't let it stop her from doing what she wanted to: she graduated high school, took classes at the local community college, and traveled when she could. In our early 20's, Jennie continued to get worse and was listed for a lung transplant at 23. In January 2008, I got one of the scariest and happiest phone calls...Jennie was getting new lungs! The transplant seemed to be a success at first, but after about 8 months of getting to live life without the lung aspects of CF, Jennie started to reject her new lungs. At her 1 year post transplant check-up, Jen was put back on the transplant list...unfortunately she didn't get her second pair of lungs. After a month on life support in the ICU, I got the worst phone call of my life from her mom...I needed to come to the hospital to say goodbye. With close friends and family gathered around her hospital bed, Jennie passed away on March 1, 2009, she was only 25 years old.

One thing Jennie was pasionate about was participating in and helping with events the Cysitic Fibrosis foundation (CFF) in Chicago held. As a way to honor her memory and carry on her desire to bring awareness of CF to the public and support the CFF, I have been helping with the Festiv-ale event for the past 3 years. This year I am happy to get the opportunity to take that one step further and be an ambassador to raise extra money for the CFF of Indiana. My goal is to raise at least $750 from now until October 3rd through ticket sales, silent auction items or general donations. Please help me meet my fundraising goal by sponsoring me. Making a donation is easy and secure! Just click the "Donate" button on this page to make a donation that will be credited to my fundraising efforts. Any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated!

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has fueled dramatic improvements in cystic fibrosis research and care. Because of the Foundation, people with CF are living longer and healthier lives. The outlook for people with CF continues to improve year after year.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation to this event, you are helping to make a difference for people living with CF.!

Best - Sarah

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$450
raised of $750 goal
 

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2. Sarah Dicker
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