COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Columbia Fire Department is hosting a shrimp boil that will benefit a fellow firefighter’s wife who is waiting to undergo a double lung transplant.
Stacey Brown, wife of firefighter Chase Brown, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was only a week old.
“Cystic fibrosis is a medical condition. It affects about 30,000 people in the United States and it primarily affects your respiratory and digestive system,” she explained.
Brown, 25, plans to receive the transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and estimates out-of-pocket costs to be around $20,000.
She told News 2 she recently quit her job at Williamson Medical Center to focus on fighting the disease.
“I do airway clearance and nebulized medications to help with lung infections. I do that for about two to three hours each today. I take maybe 30 to 40 pills each day,” she explained, adding, “Up until about a year or two ago, I was doing really well.
To help the couple, Chase Brown’s fellow firefighters have organized a shrimp boil fundraiser at the Mynders Community Center for Friday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
The firefighters aim to raise $10,000 for the couple.
“This is a family, an extended family for us, it means everything to us. There’s nothing here these guys wouldn’t do for us,” Brown said.
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the median life expectancy of a person with the disease is just over 40 years of age.
Stacey says she hopes the transplant will add years to her life. She and her husband have a 5-year-old son named Jack.
The cost of the shrimp boil is $100 per couple. For tickets, contact the City of Columbia Fire Department at 931-560-1700. Click here to help with Stacey’s medical costs.