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Rachelle Needs Your Help

My wife, Rachelle Ledbetter, has been suffering from pulmonary problems since she was a child. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with severe Bronchiectasis. Her doctors have told us that her only option now is a life-saving lung transplant.

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May 2, 2023

May 1st- Month of Movement in celebration of my 2nd lungaversary. Morning workout with my Silver Fox team. I had a video but my lack of tech savvy made it jumpy and upside down. #doublelungtransplantwarrior #gratitudeformydonor #Ibelieveinmiracles #donatelife #motionislotion Help Hope Live

Bike ride at Bravo Lake: 6.65 miles 47 minutes

Silver Fox exercise: 50 minutes

April 9, 2022

I attended an exercise class (for the silver fox), this past week. My first exercise in years! Though I walk 10 miles a week, more was needed. Every time I’d turn to look to the side while driving, my neck was very unhappy. Or I’d sit on the ground amongst the spring wildflowers and I had no strength in my legs or knees to get up without a helping hand from my love, Steven. My spine would yell at me every morning upon getting out of bed.

I used Facebook to find a trainer, but options are minimal in our Three Rivers hood of 2500 residents. Ding! I remembered attempting the classes offered by the Senior League (I’m in total denial about the senior part), three times a week, pretransplant. Its aim? Strengthening, balance, movement.

I’m not a ‘get up early out of bed to take on the day’ kind of person. Chronic end stage lung disease has a way of establishing this pattern.

However, I’m almost one year post transplant. The mind said, Go!, so I went! And what a monumental change in one week! I have more energy, I’m more productive due to my earlier mornings, my knees are not yelling as much, the aches and pains of getting out of bed have decreased.

Yet another blessing as I continue to navigate this new life, with young lungs, breaking free of a self limiting mindset…..

On May 1, 2021, I found new life, when my young donor lost his in a tragic accident. Gratitude can’t begin to describe the overwhelming emotions I’ve been feeling every precious day since then.

Thank you all for your continued support and love. BELIEVE!

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June 1, 2023

May God continue to bless you, you are an inspiration!

Jill Dinkins

May 19, 2023


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May 2, 2023

Wishing you lots of love from Philly
Caroline & George

George Loeb