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Most people go through a day without thinking about breathing; a person with severe cystic fibrosis spends most of their day thinking of nothing else. Ann Marie (Annie) Cortina is one of those people; breathing has become her daily struggle. For this reason, she is waiting for a life-saving double lung transplant and the cost can be very overwhelming.

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April 8, 2015

On, Friday, April 3, 2015, a sweet 7-year-old boy named Aiden Arroyo, asked his mom to make a video of him on Facebook because he wanted to help me get new lungs. I just happened to be scrolling through Facebook that afternoon and saw it. I was so moved by this child. He said that he wanted to sell Lemonade to help me get donations for my double lung transplant expenses. With that, Aiden’s mom and dad, Rachel and Jesse Arroyo, made this happen literally overnight. They set up a lemonade stand at Koster Park in Huntington Station, NY. Rachel texted and Facebooked everyone she knew to come down to support Aiden. She is an amazing woman and friend to have pulled this off. So many people saw Aiden’s video. One of these people happened to be a News 12 reporter, who then contacted Rachel, as she wanted to do a story on this “Boy on His Mission”. This story also helped raise awareness for organ donation as well as for Cystic Fibrosis. All because of Aiden!! 🙂

So many people came out to show support on Saturday. I was so overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude. The day was full of smiles, laughs, and fun. I will never forget what this child did for me. I am so grateful for all the support and donations. To watch the News 12 segment click the link below.

April 8, 2015

Hi- yesterday I went to Columbia Pres for my check-up from being sick and on home iv for three weeks. The appointment went well. My lung function went up from 24% to 26%. I know that doesn’t sound like much but as long as it doesn’t go down further I am very happy so I will take it! Dr. DiMango said that my lungs sound a lot better.

I have a great support system with my friends and family, and those involved take turns accompanying me to all my appointments. Yesterday Jennifer Correale took me and I am so thankful.

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August 8, 2016

Hi Ann Marie, Happy birthday, and hope the card made it on time :) Thoughts and prayers are with you - always!

Ted & Alicia Johnson

September 15, 2015

As Ann Marie's Mom, on behalf of Ann Marie, her Dad, her brother & his family, please know how deeply, deeply grateful we are for the untiring efforts & generosity of so many people to help Ann Marie to reach this milestone in her fundraising endeavor. When one's life journey takes you down a very winding & bumpy road, with a few pot holes here & there, it helps so much to feel the love, prayers & the emotional & financial support of so many people. Ann Marie is so blessed to have all of you in her life. I'm so proud of my girl; with her inner and physical strength & stamina, facing the many challenges of each day, at times, just trying to breathe, she has become my hero. She is so looking forward to the day when she will get her new lungs & begin the new chapter in her life. Please continue to pray for my Annie and join our family in prayer for her donor & his/her family. It is their heartache and tragedy that will give the gift of life to my Annie. Thanking God with you; Thanking God for you.

Lorraine Cortina

September 15, 2015

Hi Ann Marie: I donated to your fund since our families are connected way back from Ripi and I hope that my donation helps you achieve your goal so that you can have a most successful lung transplant. Wishing you all of God's love and blessing and may all your dreams come true! Hugs to you and the family!

Lorenzina Ferrante

September 1, 2015

We Love you Annie!! We're here every step of the way for you!!