Fundraising for lifesaving

Left to right: Jacob, Chris and Amanda Stanton, and Teri Beebe, fundraising team leader, wearing Just Breathe T-shirts, a fundraiser for Team Chris S. Selling shirts is one of a number of ways the family is working to raise funds for Chris’s lung transplant. Photo by Tracy McNew, The Montanian.  

By Tracy McNew

 

For one night only, the movie, Five Feet Apart, will play at the Dome Theatre in Libby. On Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. the community is invited to enjoy this romantic drama, learn about cystic fibrosis (CF), and help save a life.

The showing of Five Feet Apart is a fundraiser for Chris Stanton, a CF patient who lives in Libby. Admission will be by donation.

Stanton moved to Libby with his wife, Amanda, and son, Jacob, in 2012. He enjoyed the outdoors and working at Turning Winds boarding school until about a year ago when his lungs got so bad that his doctors told him he had to quit working.

Stanton’s CF, a genetic disease that causes thick mucus in organs, progresses over time, involves persistent lung infections, and cannot be cured. This had damaged his lungs severely. He now has about 30% of normal lung function, and uses supplemental oxygen.

A lifesaving double lung transplant is needed, and Chris’s family, along with COTA, a national 501c3 charity is working to raise $50,000 to help with costs including lodging and meal expenses while away from home along with medications, transportation, and more.

Amanda Stanton, Chris’s wife and primary caregiver does not work out of the home. She helps Chris and homeschools their son who doesn’t attend public school because too much travel required for his dad’s healthcare.

Teri Beebe, “Aunt Teri,” to the family is coordinating fundraising. Efforts. Beebe can be reached at 293-1372, and donations can be made online at cota.org by searching for team Chris S. Just Breathe T-shirts, another fundraiser, can be purchased at snarkycancer.com for $20 under team Chris, and a spaghetti fundraiser is also being planned.

To learn more about CF, search #CFAwareness on social media.  May is cystic fibrosis awareness month.