"Sometimes, the best things in life are not things at all...but the people who make you feel loved and cared for."
I have always struggled with having an invisible disease. Physically always looking healthy and inside always struggling to breathe. That is what has constantly pushed me to work toward spreading awareness for great causes. Many charities have helped me in doing so, but Fight2Breathe has given me true inspiration in helping others and feeling like I have a purpose to keep fighting everyday. The outpouring of love I have received everyday keeps me strong. Thank you for all of the support.
A Cause Worth Fighting For!
"By looking through her blogs and pictures I was truly inspired and amazed by her positivity and smiles! I can't imagine what her and Tess go through on an every day basis but all I can do is pray and help spread awareness about this disease and hopefully raise some money for Caleigh's transplant. If we can all donate just whatever we have, even a dollar! We can all make a difference together and help a strong beautiful woman in the process."
~ Jacklyn Krol
Hunter Pence is fired up to be staying in San Francisco
December 11, 2013
All She Wants To Do Is Breathe
Crissy Field Dog Beach, San Francisco
San Francisco Giants Baseball Game
"A tattoo on an arm. Not a normal tattoo. A word. Something so basic. Written in lower case letters, as if a whispered reminder.
~ Martin Henderson
Disease puts goal of 'creating smiles' on hold
"Haber has cystic fibrosis, a disease that damages her lungs and digestive system. Her lungs work at less than 20 percent of the average person’s capacity. She needs a double-lung transplant to survive"
~ Tomoya Shimura
Dealership Hopes to Raise Money to Help a Woman Breathe Easier
"Dealership owner Miles Brandon says Caleigh Haber, 23, has been in the Capo VW family practically all her life, being the daughter of his longtime used car manager, Harry Haber.
But although Brandon knew Caleigh was dealing with cystic fibrosis, he didn’t realize how bad it was until he read local media reports in December."
~ Penny Arévalo
"Breathe. It’s simple, right? It’s something that most of us don’t think twice about, something that so many of us take for granted – but not Caleigh Haber.
“Though she got pneumonia and was in and out of the hospital, she never missed a competition or game. She’d tumble, yell and grin right alongside her teammates,” Dana Maas, coach at SMCHS, told the Orange County Register. “They have two and a half minutes on the floor, and she’d come off and just collapse. I would give her an inhaler and help her breathe.”
~ Kim Conley
Cheer team sees fighting spirit
"RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Caleigh Haber has been fighting an invisible enemy throughout her life. On the outside, she looks and acts like any other 24-year-old. But inside, she could be risking her life every time she walks, screams and laughs.
“Simply, the doctors always say that I’m dying,” Haber said."
~ TOMOYA SHIMURA
New World Record: 12 Million Californians Say “YES!” to Saving Lives as Registered Organ, Eye & Tissue Donors
“Today, we celebrate and thank each and every one of the 12 million people in our state who have signed up on the Donate Life California Registry,”
“Your registration gives hope to the more than 123,000 people who wait for the gift of life in California and across the country. Sadly, some will die waiting for an organ transplant that doesn’t come in time due to the lack of available organs. Our hope is everyone will choose to be a donor to save lives.”
~ Brianne Mundy Page
Times of San Diego
Record 12 Million Californians Registered as Organ Donors
"Each day in the United States, 21 people die waiting for an organ they need. One in five on the national organ transplant waiting list lives in California."
~ Brianne Mundy Page
Calif. has most registered organ donors in U.S.
"Caleigh Haber of San Francisco is one of the more than 22,000 people in California waiting for the gift of life. She has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that has led to severe lung disease, which makes breathing for her very difficult. She is on the transplant waiting list for a new set of lungs. But there’s no guarantee she’ll get them."
"“The average healthy person inhales about 28,800 times a day without even thinking twice or having to work at it,” said Caleigh. “For me, breathing is a luxury and a full-time job. Every day, I fight to breathe.”"
Brianne Mundy Page
Having Cystic Fibrosis Changes Everything, And This Woman's Life Sheds Light On How That Looks
"when Caleigh was diagnosed with the disease on the day she was born, she was given a life expectancy of less than 18 years. Now well past that point, she’s still fighting strong as she waits for the double lung transplant that could save her life. In a recent video, Caleigh talks frankly about what it’s like to live with an illness that requires her to have supplemental oxygen, a feeding tube, and breathing treatments four times a day. However, she also discusses the things that make her happy—a list that ranges from the Giants to her dog to her medical team. Tremendously likable, Caleigh is funny, warm, and charismatic. Despite the very real difficulties she faces, Caleigh’s love for life is palpable. You’ll find yourself instantly rooting for her."
Cystic Fibrosis News Today
Artist with CF, Caleigh Haber, Fights to Breathe, Advocates for Lung Donor Awareness
"she has found in painting another way of expressing how she feels and her struggle with CF, an inspiration that came to her after attending an event related to the disease that encouraged her to discover a new way to make a difference in the CF community. The impact was so positive and she felt so good about it that she started putting her thoughts and ideas about CF into colorful paintings. Caleigh says that she likes to use vibrant colors and paint around themes like roses (inspired by the term “sixty-five roses” — a play on words for “cystic fibrosis”). And on days when she struggles hardest with the disease, her paintings reflect that struggle as well."
Leonor Mateus Ferreira
This Is What It's Really Like To Live With Cystic Fibrosis
"Caleigh, for her part, refuses to allow her disorder to define her. "I'm a normal person; I have a chronic illness. CF isn't who I am. I'm Caleigh," she states. "It's not just because I have a chronic illness that I can die tomorrow, because anybody can, and people just don't realize that. So many people take breathing for granted, and nobody should.""
I thank you for being a part in my journey.
We can all... BE THE CHANGE