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Kim Bowman, and her husband Brian are two of the strongest people I know. Kim and I have been friends for a long time. We both had two children with cystic fibrosis…she had two boys, (Blake and Brett) and I have Molly and Emily. Blake only made it to his 14th birthday. He died from cystic fibrosis in January of 2015. It’s every parent’s nightmare, (whether or not your child has cystic fibrosis)…that your child should precede you in death. I don’t know how Kim got out of bed after Blake died, but she did. Not too long after, 4 years later, Brett needed a double lung transplant. How terrified Kim and Brian must have been. They now have to deal with the possibility their only living son could now die from a transplant. Fortunately, he didn’t, but it wasn’t’ smooth sailing. Brett came out of the transplant with beautiful new lungs, but lost his eyesight due to bacteria in the lungs. There was no time for Kim and Brian to rest emotional. Today Brett is rising up from the cruelty of this disease. He just got his leader dog…and so his new chapter begins.

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The original music in this podcast is performed by Kevin Allan, who happens to have Cystic Fibrosis. You can find him on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/KevinAllanMusic
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