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Rachel Bell is a 41-year-old woman who is very ill. Several months ago, Rachel was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). IPF is a disease in which tissue deep in the lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred over time. The formation of scar tissue is called fibrosis. As the tissue thickens, the lungs cannot properly move oxygen into the blood stream, thus the blood become starved for oxygen. There is no cure for IPF. A double lung transplant is Rachel’s only hope.

Updates (18)

August 29, 2017

I went to my pulmonologist today. Everything went well. I was told to continue using oxygen. I had a liver function test. I want know the results for a few days. Fingers crossed it is good. Next step is a sleep study. Other than that he said to keep my walking when ever possible. Take meds and eat well.

Thanks to everyone who has donated or said a prayer. I hope you will continue to help me reach my goal.


Rachel Bell

July 28, 2017

Thank you to all that have donated. We are half way to our goal. My family appreciates your kindness and your thoughts and prayers.


April 29, 2022


Heather VanBuren

June 5, 2017

Hey, Rachel. I live in Aiken and would love be to talk with you. I also have ipf. I am 68 and will not be having a lung transplant but want to do all I can to see you go through this successfully. Please call me(8032212704)f you would like to talk or have ideas for a fundraiser in your honor that I could help promote.

Laurie Swift

May 24, 2017

Dear Rachel,
I too have sent a donation in honor of Laurie Swift. I hope one day you two can meet. She is a true blessing to all who know her and oh how she loves Jesus! I am praying for you Rachel. May you stand in awe of the amazing ways Jesus shows you His love.

Elizabeth & Doug Lightbody