North AL girl helps raise money for UWA cheerleader in need of double lung transplant

North AL girl helps raise money for UWA cheerleader in need of double lung transplant
(Source: WAFF Staff)
(Source: WAFF Staff)
(Source: WAFF Staff)
(Source: WAFF Staff)

MOULTON, AL (WAFF) - "I run so she can breathe." That's the motto for many participating in a Cystic Fibrosis Awareness 5K in honor of their friend Libby Hankins.

Libby is a 22-year-old from Gordo, Alabama who is currently listed for a life-saving bilateral lung transplant at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

And one of her best friends and sorority sisters from North Alabama is doing all she can to spread the word and raise money for Libby here.

"To know that people from all around are thinking of her and are there supporting her and want her to make it and get these lungs, I feel like that's something that you know keeps her going," said Caitlin Clardy. "If you were doing this by yourself and no one knew about it and you just had to go through it all alone I don't think anybody would be able to do it."

Clardy said Libby is the best person she's ever met. She said she has remained positive even during the worst times, and always thanks God for all the blessings in her life.

Libby is a senior at The University at West Alabama where she is a cheerleader, a Phi Mu, and very involved in organizations on campus.

She has come close to getting lungs twice. The first time, doctors told her the lungs they thought she'd get were no good and more recently, they couldn't do the transplant because she had a severe fever.

"Rather than getting upset, she posted on Facebook and said she was glad someone else could receive that pair of lungs and that God is still good," said Clardy.

Clardy said it's important that people know more about Cystic Fibrosis and people like Libby who need help with medical bills and need love and support in general. That's why she decided to reach out to the organizer of the 3rd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Run 5K to get Libby on the "In Honor Of" List.

The race on April 23 In Moulton at 8 a.m. and you can register here.

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