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Sandra is currently living in Durham to be closer to Duke as of June 7th, 2014.  In Durham she will wait for a set of lungs that are the perfect match to be transplanted.  She has been working hard in her rehab program to stay healthy enough for transplant.  She has made many lifelong friends at her program. We appreciate your support.  Sandra was recently hospitilized with an infection in the lungs and a pneumothorax.  She is such a fighter!! Thank you for your support!

Born on July 4, 1960, Sandra was diagnosed with Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency and COPD.  Doctors at University of North Carolina Health Care in Chapel Hill, North Carolina recommended a life-saving double lung transplant. An estimated $125,000. is being raised by Union County volunteers.  Sandra and her family recently received some troubling news that Sandra's blood contains a high level of HLA antibodies.  Due to these high levels Chapel Hill felt that Sandra's case should be turned over to a hospital with greater transplant experience with high level anitbody cases.  After multiple "no's" from hospitals across the country Sandra and her family keep the faith and hope that one day Sandra will be able to breathe deeply and live a better life.  We are currently working with Duke, trying to help Sandra and her high level of antibodies so they we can precede with a transplant. Keep praying that they can help!

If Sandra were to receive a transplant she could play golf with her husband again, enjoy the beach like she used to, chase her granddaughter around the yard, and continue watching her two daughters' lives unfold.  Her daughter, Lindsey, says, "I pray everyday that my mom will be able to be transplanted.  I need her to be in my wedding some day and I need her to be a grandmother to my future children.  I love my mom more than anything and I can't wait till the day she can breathe again without struggling!"

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. In Indian Trail, and surrounding areas, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local woman Sandra Cook.





Community Coordinator: Sharon Eichler 704-821-2088