Team Member: Kelsey Hannah
30 for 30 Day 1
March 23, 2017
EVENT DATE Apr 22, 2017
This year as a part of the Ohio University Race for a Reason, I am fundraising for a very special girl named Lilly and her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Lilly and her mother, Kathy are two of the strongest people I have met during my time here at Ohio University.
After the two lost Lilly's father, Daryn late last year, they have encountered new expenses and hurdles in the world with Cystic Fibrosis. Having lost my own father at a young age, I feel nothing but empathy for Lilly and am motivated to do everything I can to raise funds to help her have as normal as a life as possible and to battle her disease.
Read Lilly's longer story below.
Race for a Reason wrote -
You could not meet a sweeter girl than Lilly or a more devoted mother than Kathy. Over the past eight years they have faced more challenges – and have overcome them – than most of us will see in a lifetime. Lilly was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a devastating genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. With this comes ongoing health struggles and unique daily challenges that impact the whole family. From daily medicines to therapy to a special diet, Lilly’s days are anything but typical. However, she does not let this disease define her, nor did Kathy and her father, Daryn. Lilly tackles life with such sweetness and enthusiasm, and as a family they kept their adventurous spirit, exploring the world and making the most out of every day.
On December 18, 2015, the family experienced a tragic event. Daryn was in a fatal car accident. At the time, he had been working at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine teaching and focusing on CF research – to find a cure for his daughter. With this loss, Kathy and Lilly will now face the world and the challenges of CF alone. This means taking on existing and new expenses, and transitioning their life in a way to manage all of Lilly’s needs and those of any household.
The graduate students of the Sports Administration program at Ohio University join OhioHealth and Race for a Reason to honor Daryn and support Kathy and Lilly through this difficult time. Your donations will help alleviate the challenges of the care and medical coverage Lilly needs on a daily basis, as well as help ensure they have the means they need for her future.
Lilly and her father shared a very special bond - we ask you to help us make a true difference in her life by contributing to Lilly and Kathy. Thank you so much for your consideration.