Rafé was completely shocked a little over a year ago when she was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). She can still remember the moment that she walked up stairs in her house and thought, “I should not be so out of breath. Something isn’t right.” She had no idea how serious things would become. IPF is a slow, progressive disease that causes scaring in the lungs, making it very difficult to breathe. Rafé is now in need of a lung transplant.
Rafé lives in Mechanicsburg with her wonderful husband, Craig and their sons Max, age 14, and Sam, age 11. Her family is extremely supportive of the journey Rafé is on. Before Max and Sam became part of their family, Rafé worked at the Mechanicsburg School District for 10 years as an elementary counselor. She grew up in Elizabethtown and went on to study at Albright College and Temple University. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, Rafé returned to work, most recently at Family Promise of the Harrisburg Capital Region. Rafé serves as a case manager for families who are experiencing homelessness and are trying to get back on their feet.
January 10, 2018
Yes, the call came! We were summoned to Temple University Hospital on November 30, 2017. I didn’t go into the operating room until after 1:00am. So, I officially received a new left lung on December 1, 2017. It was an overwhelming process and definitely took some grit and guts! I was in the hospital for 12 days and was then able to go home! I am progressing well! I have been returning to Temple once a week since I got home. I did 8 minutes on the treadmill the other day without oxygen. Many of you probably don’t know how bad I had gotten. I could not get food for myself. I had to take 2 oxygen tanks just to get to the bathroom. I could only do the steps once a day, and even that sometimes meant I had to go up backwards on my backside. I got really scared. I am blown away by the faithfulness of God that I doubted immensely. My family, friends and church got me through this experience and continue to do so. I have much recovery yet to do, but my progress is thanks to ALL OF YOU! Love to you all!
August 22, 2017
We are completely overwhelmed at the response to our campaign. It is so humbling to even make this request. We pray that it gives our friends and family the feeling that they are helping us in a very tangible way. We are fighting through this diagnosis and we are praying for God’s perfect timing for the transplant to occur. We love you all so much. Craig, Rafe’, Max and Sam
December 5, 2017
Praying for your strength to be renewed both physically and spiritually! Love you!
October 7, 2017
Paths cross and recross throughout our lives for so many reasons. Hearing your name after far too many years brought an immediate smile...one which I am sending right back your way. With love and prayers, I am honored to be one of so, so many in your corner!
Becky (Holland) Hammond
September 25, 2017
We are in it for the long haul, Rafe'. Love you!
September 11, 2017
Hey Rafe' and family. You are being surrounded by our prayers. Know that you're deeply loved and cared for. May you feel God's presence today and may you sense His power and peace.
Fondly, Joe Underkoffler