SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - Jackie Brown was born with Cystic Fibrosis but didn't start having serious complications from it until a few months ago.
"We were in the doctors office, and he told us and it was one of those moments it was like what?" Jackie said about hearing from a doctor that she needed a double lung transplant to survive.
In the months since, countless community and church members have come together to help raise money for the expenses Jackie will incur when she has the transplant. Jackie works full time at the Walgreen's in Shelby even though she requires oxygen 24 hours a day.
Several fundraisers have netted around $12,000 to go towards the expenses needed during and after the surgery. Jackie and her mother will have to move to Durham and pay for living expenses there and Jackie's mother will have to quit her job too.
While considering the surgery and the money it will take to perform it, Jackie still carries a smile and doesn't ask why she was stricken with the illness.
"I'm going through this for a reason. I don't know the reason, but the Lord's putting me through this for a reason," Jackie said.
There are several fundraisers planned for Jackie in the coming months"
September 22- Pancake breakfast at Fatz in Shelby from 7:30a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for more information, call Diane Clontz at 704-473-1151
October 6- Bake sale at Wal-Mart in Shelby
October 27- Golf Tournament at Deerbrooke in Shelby
If you'd like to make a direct contribution to Jackie's medical costs mail donations to: