I fight in honor of my brother, Charlie. Charlie passed away from cystic fibrosis at the age of 16 in February of 2002. It was a long and hard fight for him and my family. Charlie seemed to be the textbook definition of CF with a barrel chest, digital clubbing, weight gain issues, salty skin, and chronic cough. I remember his mucus being so thick, colorful, and foul smelling. He required oxygen at times and would be limited to his home oxygen concentrator or weighted down by a mobile oxygen tank. Charlie seemed to understand how terminal his disease was but that never stopped him from living. He was a great big brother to me. We would try to stay up all night watching wrestling, eating snacks, and playing video games. We created secret clubs with themes like Pokemon. When the final months came near, he was so brave when he got the news and made sure to cherish every lasting moment with his family. I fight CF for my brother Charlie!
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