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Katherine Hrbolich is a loving and devoted 65-year-old mother and grandmother who is living with the day to day burdens of a life-threatening disease. Katherine was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD in 2001. As the years, have gone by, Katherine’s health has declined as her body has struggled to deal with the devastating and increasing effects of her diagnoses. Thus, her doctors in Ohio referred her to a medical team at UNC Hospital that specializes in lung transplants. After countless tests, the team has determined that Katherine needs a lung transplant to save her life.

Katherine has devoted her life to caring and helping others. She has raised two loving and successful children and took in and cared for her mother in law before she passed away in 2012. Katherine has worked the past 15 years at Summit Academy, a charter school that specializes in educating children with special needs. She has been an active member of her church and community participating in countless outreaches for those in need and the homeless.

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February 22, 2017

I have a large extended family. My Grandma Grace (bawbaw) as we called her had 6 children. Those 6 children also had big families. So I had many cousins to play with growing up. Yes it is right, your cousins are your very first and bestest friends. 🙂 She had a hard life growing up in West Virginia. My Grandfather Joe (Daddy Joe) worked in the coal mines and they raised 6 good kids.
Along the way my Bawbaw put into each of us cousins a seed. The seed of love that God had for each one of us. For us that seed has grown and matured. We are still growing still learning. The best thing about this is, on those nights when you are down and lonely – you know there is someone right there with you holding you, loving you. Jesus Christ.

February 13, 2017

My son and daughter in law had moved to North Carolina a few months before all this happened. They had been asking me to come and stay with them. My insurance said we have two centers near your son Duke University and the University Hospital at North Carolina. You see how the puzzles of life fall into place with perfect timing. That’s GOD.


April 22, 2017

Love and prayers Katherine

Toni Parsons Croston

April 4, 2017

Thinking and praying for you Kathern hoping every thing will be better for you soon,take care ,we all love you ,

Aunt Eloise and Uncle Jimmie

February 18, 2017

Katherine, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers! Keep the faith! Love you ❤

Jack and Marsha

February 16, 2017

Praying for you, cuz & you are loved and supported by your family!! God bless, Karen