Donations accepted to help family of girl with cystic fibrosis

HARVARD – The Harvard family of a girl with cystic fibrosis is asking for prayers and assistance, if possible, for their stay at Ronald McDonald House.

Cheyenne “Ci Ci” Schultz, 15, has temporarily relocated to St. Louis, where she underwent a nine-hour surgery for a double lung transplant, according to family friend Candyce Schuler.

At 4 months old, Schultz was diagnosed with a genetic condition that affects her lungs and digestive system. She graduated from eighth grade at Harvard Middle School in June and left July 9 for St. Louis, where she was placed on the active lung transplant list and began the waiting process. Early in the morning of July 21, the family received the phone call, and she had the transplant that day.

Schultz’s mother, Peg, is staying at Ronald McDonald House as her daughter recovers from the surgery – which Schuler said was a success. Schultz’s father, Mike, returned to Harvard for work after his daughter was out of intensive care. But insurance does not cover housing costs or transportation costs for Mike Schultz to visit.

Ci Ci Schultz was expected to be able to return to the Ronald McDonald House around Aug. 1 and has set Oct. 21 as the day to return home.

Donations can be made to Harvard State Bank or sent to Ronald McDonald House, 4381 W. Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108, both in care of Cheyenne Schultz.

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