Rath was first diagnosed with CF at the age of 19.
Rath also hopes that her story can help inspire others to understand how being an organ donor can save someone’s life. She appreciates the special awareness given this month to those who need organs to continue to live viable lives.
“I would hope that I enjoy life to the fullest, and I’m so excited to live life to the best of my abilities and I hope to give back and help others,” she said. “It seems like part of what has helped me, in terms of staying motivated, is showing others with CF that they can overcome some of the stuff that they go through, and even though it’s a really tough struggle, you just have to keep going on. If you put your mind to it, you can overcome a lot more than you can imagine.
“When you think about it, you can give the gift of organ donation and save five to seven lives. That’s just such an amazing thing to do for other people.”
Anyone wanting to donate to Rath’s transplant fund may do so online at COTAforstephr.com.