SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman is fighting for her life, in need of a double lung transplant after battling cystic fibrosis for 30 years.
John Moriarty says his wife Gina is the love of his life, right up there with golf, and she's in need of some serious help.
"About a year ago Gina came down with a very severe case of pneumonia. She was in the hospital for two months and there was a lot of damage done to her longs," John said.
Gina was diagnosed at age two and now at age 30 has just 15 percent lung capacity.
To help raise money for Gina's medical costs, John has changed the focus of his annual charity golf tournament "The Big Kahuna" to help his wife.
"It's a double shotgun start on July 12, four person teams. It's a scramble format, and its all for fun," said John.
The procedure will cost nearly $1 million and insurance is covering most of it, but there are still a lot of expenses they will be paying out of pocket.
"We have to actually move over to Seattle and live in transplant housing, and that's something that's not covered by insurance and it's roughly $3-4 thousand a month," said John.
The cost is unavoidable, but John says losing Gina is not an option.
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