Charli Campbell, at 23, is a young woman who, by all rights, should be planning her future, hanging out with friends and looking forward to life’s milestones. Instead, Charli can hardly imagine a future because she’s not sure if she’ll get one.


The family of six has gathered around Charli to support her through her fight. Their latest challenge is raising enough money for a double-lung transplant, which will help extend Charli’s life.


They are organizing dinners and raffles as fundraisers. The next one, in March, is at Lonna’s Ranch House in Macks Creek.


Charli Campbell, at 23, is a young woman who, by all rights, should be planning her future, hanging out with friends and looking forward to life’s milestones. Instead, Charli can hardly imagine a future because she’s not sure if she’ll get one.

Her daily routine is a meticulously-scheduled stream of medications and breathing treatments. A small tube connects Charli to a machine that pumps oxygen into her body helping her breathe. The remedies have done little to stop cystic fibrosis from taking over her body.

Even on a constant supply of oxygen, Charli’s lung capacity teeters around 14 percent.

The simplest tasks for others drains Charli of all energy. She sleeps most of the day.

While other 20-something-year-old women are figuring out who they are and imaging their futures, Charli reluctantly admits that she doesn’t leave the house that much. By the time she packs and checks the oxygen tanks, she’s tired.

Even as her health has continued to slip the past several years – to the point where she is now spending more time in the hospital than out – Charli has remained positive.

“There’s no point in letting it get me down,” Charli said. “If I let it get me down, it only makes things worse – for my health, for everybody around me. What’s that helping?“

Charli’s mom Rose describes her daughter’s spirit and humor as infectious.

“She has this great sense of humor,” Rose said. “She’ll crack you up.”

The family of six has gathered around Charli to support her through her fight. Their latest challenge is raising enough money for a double-lung transplant, which will help extend Charli’s life.

They are organizing dinners and raffles as fundraisers. The next one, in March, is at Lonna’s Ranch House in Macks Creek.