Fundraiser this Saturday to aid woman needing lung transplants

ELLSWORTH — Christy Jordan Ryan’s friends and family are hosting a fundraiser Saturday, May 12, to help her in her fight with cystic fibrosis (CF). Ryan, of Blue Hill, needs a double lung transplant. Her supporters have set a goal of $80,000 to help with costs not covered by insurance.

The event May 12 at the Masonic Lodge in Ellsworth will start with a breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. and continue with a cribbage tournament, lunch, a food sale, silent auction, games for children, T-shirts, 50/50 raffles and a visit from a Shrine “funster.” A photographer will be on hand.

The day will conclude with a spaghetti supper and a dance with a DJ.

The organizers are in need of money donations, items to auction, items for prizes, food for meals, plates, cups, table cloths, utensils and supplies.

Christina (known as Christy) Jordan Ryan was born in June 1979 with cystic fibrosis. She was a sick baby, fighting numerous infections. At 9 months, she was admitted to Eastern Maine Medical Center with failure to thrive. The cause of those infections was ricketts and hypocalcemia (low calcium levels). Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with CF. Once Ryan was diagnosed and treatments began, she started to thrive. The CF primarily affected her digestive system for many years with little to no effect on her lungs. She had no issue in keeping up with her peers.

Ryan went to college, earned a degree and worked full time until she caught a bad virus in 2012. The virus caused her lung function to deteriorate rapidly. Since 2012, CF has forced her to only work part-time and live on disability. She has been in the hospital numerous times over the years for IV antibiotics to fight infections.

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