"Please Lord, I said, he's a fighter-- just send us a set of lungs," was all that Angel Mobley tells us she could ask when learning that her then 10 year old son, Sawyer needed a double lung transplant.
11 year old Sawyer Mobley got those lungs this January thanks to the help and support of the folks right here at home.
Last year, News Channel 6 brought you the story of young Sawyer who's suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth. His health declining, Sawyer needed a costly double lung transplant his family couldn't afford. His mom , Angel, asked for a hand and received a community.
Debbie Callan says, "the community fell in love with Sawyer from the very beginning. So, it was an easy sell."
Callan, one of Sawyer's former teachers headed up organizing fundraisers with the Children's Organ Transplant Association and a group called Strength for Sawyer. "We started in August with a goal of $50,000 and I never thought we would get to $10,000 to be honest,"she adds.
Just before the first goal was met Sawyer's health worsened, landing him in the emergency room and raising the goal.
"He got intubated, was unconscious and on life support for 18 days," his mom Angel explains.
But on January 16th, 11 year old Sawyer had the double lung transplant he'd been waiting for. That's something his mom says wouldn't have happened without the community's support. "There's nothing like the love and the community that I felt. I really felt like they'd embraced him as a member of their families," she adds.
And as a small crowd of friends and family gathered to wait for Sawyer's Air Med flight to arrive, everyone wondered 'what does Sawyer think about his experience?'
"St. Louis is really cold," Sawyer tells me.
But young Sawyer is not out of danger yet. Strength for Sawyer has raised over $80,000 to help the family with medical expenses, but his mom Angel says Sawyer still has a long road to recovery and until he can do what he wants to do most-- run. If you'd like to donate, visit the websbite www.cotaforsawyerm.com.
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