Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Make CF History Charity Classic "CF Champion" Spotlight: Meet Cassie

Today's "CF Champion" spotlight is Team Crue for a Cure's Cassie Rose: 
The Crue for a Cure is proud to once again participate in the Make CF History hockey tournament. We have temporarily changed our name to "Cassie’s Crue for a Cure" in honor of a teammate’s family friend who passed in 2012.

Cassie Rose was born in 1979 and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 15 months of age. Her parents were told that the life expectancy was 5 years although she proved this span wrong and was never truly ill enough to be hospitalized for years. She played t-ball and softball for 11 years. Cassie continued to defy the odds by playing varsity volleyball and even marching in the Cadiz High School Marching Band. She even took a trip to Europe after her high school graduation.
In 2007, Cassie was told that she needed a double lung transplant and in September of 2008 she received two new lungs at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The transplant allowed her to spend valuable time with her family and friends and to once again do things that she had not been able to do before the surgery.
Problems developed and she would have another double lung transplant in 2010. Unfortunately, she would never fully recover from this surgery and on April 22, 2012 Cassie passed away.
Cassie left behind two beautiful daughters, Kyle and Juliana, born in 1998 and 2000 respectively.  She always wanted to be a mother and was told that it would never be possible given her condition. Well, she proved everyone wrong; she persevered for her daughters and fought with all that she could.
Through all the years of testing, trips to the hospital, doctors visits, drugs, ER visits, and surgeries Cassie never asked “why me”. It is with that spirit that we are so proud to play in the memory of this strong young woman. It the hope of her family, our team, and most likely that of Cassie herself, that a cure can be found so that others may not suffer.
-Cassie’s Cure for a Cure
Cassie Rose's Senior Picture