Welcome to Teri Starkey's YouCaring site. This site was created as a way to provide financial support to the Starkey family as they embark on a life saving move across country for the future of Teri's health. (Visit http://www.fox9.com/news/265703199-story
to see the story that Fox 9 recently did on Teri's journey)
Teri Starkey (33) is many things. A wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. She was also diagnosed at the age of 14 with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a cruel and debilitating lung disease that affects every aspect of not only her life, but her family's life as well.
Teri has spent her entire life battling this disease. CF patients are only guaranteed one thing; a life full of compromise, pain, and unpredictability. She could be running errands one day, and be completely bedridden the next. There are times she has such little energy, her husband has to carry her up the stairs to bed. She has coughing fits for hours on end in the middle of the night, usually ending with coughs so intense she vomits. There are panicked rushes to the ER due to massive lung bleeds, routine week-long stays in the hospital, tireless treatment regimens and prescriptions... the list goes on.
As time has gone on, Teri's lung function has only declined and she has become resistant to most antibiotic treatments usually used in CF patients. It is for this reason her doctor's at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN think that she will likely need a double-lung transplant within the next year. They don't expect her current lungs to last much longer than that due to the widespread infections and years of scarring that CF has caused.
Further complicating matters is the unfortunate rejection by the Mayo Clinic to do the transplant. The surgeons there consider Teri's case to be too high-risk because of a certain bacteria she cultures in her lungs. Luckily, through many calls, emails, and discussions with doctors, Teri has been deemed an eligible candidate at Duke Hospital, in Durham NC.
This is where they need your help. The Starkey's have made the life-changing decision to uproot their family from the only life they have ever known in MN and move across the country, leaving their friends and family behind so that Teri will be able to get a double-lung transplant.
As you can imagine, this is a huge financial burden not only for her immediate family but also extended family and friends who will be care givers. This is not an easy surgery and will require around the clock care for many months afterwards, as well as medications, doctors visits, unpaid time off work, and childcare.
Through many discussions with the financial advisors at the hospital and consulting other CF'ers who have gone through this, they have set a goal of $30,000. This is an amount that will ease the financial stress and allow the family to focus on Teri and her recovery.
The Starkey's do not take asking for money lightly. They are so thankful and appreciative for kind words, positive thoughts, and prayers thus far. They have been hesitant to go this route, but now that reality is setting in, they see no other viable option. Your help, in any amount, will mean more to them than you'll ever know.