About Stephanie Rath
The Long Road Home
Submitted by Stephanie on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:13 pm
Stephanie Rath is a 44 year old woman diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Because of lung damage from her condition, the doctors at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have recommended a life-saving double lung transplant. Stephanie, her husband Randy, and their Boston Terriers Rocky and Rosie have temporarily relocated to Pittsburgh as they await the transplant.
Stephanie was first listed for transplant in 1992. However, Stephanie stabilized her condition through self-driven physical rehabilitation and strict adherence to medical therapies. Her determination, positive outlook and zest for life have helped her postpone the need for transplant until now. Stephanie also survived a diagnosis of rectal cancer nearly three years ago.
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. An estimated $65,000 is being raised by Indiana volunteers for COTA in honor of Stephanie Rath to assist with transplant expenses.
Stephanie’s favorite symbol of overcoming the impossible is a flying pig. Help her get her “wings” and overcome what most would see as impossible odds.