Double-lung transplant survivor prepares to run in Crim - WNEM TV 5

Double-lung transplant survivor prepares to run in Crim

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GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) -

With a deep breath, Carol Cerny laughs.

“It feels wonderful,” Carol Cerny said. “I couldn’t use to do that. I couldn’t even hold my breath long enough to have an X-ray taken.”

Today, the 71-year-old can inhale and exhale with ease as she walks freely around her backyard with her husband Tom.

She’s a double-lung transplant survivor.

And this Saturday, Carol Cerny will participate in the Crim’s 10-mile event.

“Number one, I wasn’t ready to die and I decided that this disease wasn’t going to beat me. I was going to beat it,” Carol Cerny said.

Her participation in the race is a celebration of 10 years since her transplant.

Carol Cerny is also bringing awareness to organ donation.

More than 3,500 Michigan residents are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Carol Cerny said she hoped her story would inspire others to become organ donors.

"If you would, image the University of Michigan stadium, which holds about a 120,00 people – that’s how many people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving organ donation," Carol Cerny said.

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