Our Quest for New Lungs

Imagine for a minute
Imagine having a child whose life is filled with unwavering limitation. Patience and love are all you can offer to keep your child motivated to battle a disease that wants to rob her of her very last breath. And no matter how difficult, moving forward with this life is the only choice you have.

Angelina is a 12 year old diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. For Angelina, her mother Rose and their family this life is reality.  Now at the end-stage of the disease, Angelina is in need of a double-lung transplant.

The past 4 years
Angelina has been in the hospital countless times, suffering through many of the severe symptoms brought on by CF (including fungal and bacterial infections, a collapsed lobe in her lung). Her last hospital stay lasted 6 months and she suffered a serious setback. Angelina remained in ICU for 4 months on ventilator support and currently relies on 24-hour oxygen supply. Her appetite diminished greatly despite medication to increase her hunger requiring her to be fed through a gastric feeding tube.

Angelina struggles getting through basic life activities.  Simple tasks such as walking, climbing stairs or even bathing cause her to lose her breath. She struggles to even just be a kid—to play like a kid, to have a great belly laugh like a kid, to go to school like a kid.   Angelina longs to be back home in Austin with her family and friends. She longs for sleepovers, to go swimming, to sing during karaoke night! She longs for a better quality of life.

Next on the list
Angelina has been on a transplant waiting list since October 17th of last year.  Recently, her parents received word that she was next on the list to receive a new set of lungs.  This double-lung transplant will give Angelina all she longs for in life.

God bless the HERO who will not survive their own suffering but through whom Angelina can have a second chance at living. 

In order for Angelina to qualify for the transplant waiting list she and her mother were required to relocate to Houston to be near the transplant team at the Texas Children’s Hospital.  Angelina and her mother currently reside at the Ronald McDonald House.  

Once Angelina receives her transplant there is a minimum 3-month recovery period before she is able to return home. This means Rose and Angelina’s time at RMH Houston is nowhere near its end.

They need our help!
Rose is now on unpaid leave from her job in Austin so that she may have the time to care for Angelina in Houston. Her resources have been exhausted and she now needs our help to continue supporting Angelina in her fight against this disease.

Your donation of any amount made through this campaign will go towards helping with living expenses, gas, parking fees and medication costs not covered by insurance. Remember—a contribution of any amount will help!

We ask that you also continue to pray for Angelina, Rose and their family as they continue to wait for Angelina’s new set of lungs. It has been a long and hard journey for them both and Angelina is so close to the freedom a new set of lungs will give her. As you take your next breath with ease, consider making a donation to help Angelina with her new breath of hope.

 Please keep Angelina in your thoughts and prayers.  Visit her on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AngelinasUpdates 

Thank you so much for all your love and support!

Update, October 2015:  Angelina has been waiting for a year now.  Her transplant team meets with her regularly but still no word on when she will receive new lungs.  Please continue to help support this young champ as she continues to fight for her life. 
Leave a legacy. Help save a life.  Angelina urges her supporters to register to be organ donors:


  • Kimberly Do 
    • $50 
    • 58 mos
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    • $20 
    • 70 mos
  • Amber Jefferson 
    • $20 
    • 72 mos
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    • $50 
    • 75 mos
  • Libby Hamilton 
    • $20 
    • 75 mos
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Vangie Torres 
San Antonio, TX
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