One Thomasville woman is helping spread the word about Cystic Fibrosis and support those who, like herself, are living with the life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.
Brittany Herzog and her family, are hosting the second “Britt’s Plum Power Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at Automasters, located at 1229 E. Jackson St.
For this year’s event, the “Plum Power” team will be washing vehicles to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The price will be $5 for cars and $10 for trucks and SUVs.
All proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Sept. 20 at the “Great Strides Walk” at Wild Adventures theme park. The goal for this year is $1,000.
Last year, Herzog and her family and friends attended the “Great Strides Walk” at Wild Adventures. They raised $793 and turned it in at the walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“I think it’s great that so many people are willing to show their support and help fight for a cure. Although CF has been known about for years, most people still aren’t aware of what Cystic Fibrosis is and to see the community come together gives me hope for not only my future, but for the future of all Cystics,” said Herzog.
Herzog’s story with Cystic Fibrosis began when she was only two months old at Neymour’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
“My life, for as long as I can remember, has revolved around doctors, treatments and medicines,” said Herzog.
Like most of the people affected by CF, she tries to live her life as normal as possible. She graduated from Brooks County High School and completed courses through Valdosta Technical College for Early Childhood Education and CNA. She is married to John Herzog.
Living with CF is not easy for the young woman. Each day, she must take her treatments and each year, she is admitted to Emory Hospital for either a pulmonary exacerbation or for sinus surgery.
Herzog said, “My daily routine consists of three treatments a day and exercising. Every day, I wake up and start my first treatment, which lasts about an hour. Then I use one of my workout DVDs such as Zumba, Richard Simmons or Tae Bo for an hour to help break up more mucus that the vest I wear doesn’t break up for me.
“I then finish up my exercise routine with an hour bike ride. After all this, I get about two hours of free time to tend my vegetable garden before it’s back to the couch for another long treatment.”
Herzog must be sure to allow at least four hours between each treatment. When she finishes her second treatment, Herzog normally completes her chores and errands for the day and then, finally, completes the last treatment.
During her yearly trips to Emory, Herzog has been thankful for the support of the health care team to help pull her through the hard times. Sometimes the admissions last anywhere from two weeks to one month.
Even though her life has been limited because of the disease, Herzog has found that she is thankful for being born with it.
She said, “I know most people would think I’m crazy, but I am honestly thankful for being born with Cystic Fibrosis, even though my life may be limited. Cystic Fibrosis has molded me into the strong, motivated woman I am today.”
For more information on Cystic Fibrosis, visit www.cff.org.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.