JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Christian Hernandez, 24, has suffered from cystic fibrosis his entire life. Diagnosed at age 9, he's been waiting for a double lung transplant so he can live the life he wants.
Saturday night, the community came together to raise money for Hernandez. The Breath of Life Fest was held in his honor at Jack Rabbits, a local live concert house and bar. Several bands played, and all the proceeds raised will go towards helping Hernandez pay for the transplant that will save his life.
Cystic fibrosis, also known as CF, is an inherited progressive genetic disease that damages the lungs and digestive system. It can't be cured, but treatments like transplants can significantly help.
Hernandez, commonly known to his friends as Kidd Driver, is now dependent on oxygen because he's already suffered permanent lung damage. The transplant isn't covered by insurance, so he needs the community's help to raise the money for the operation.
After the transplant, Hernandez will live in Gainesville for one to three months. A furnished apartment close to UF Health Shands Hospital is $1,700 a month, and insurance won't cover the costs to be close to the hospital. He needs to stay close to the hospital after his operation for tests, rehabilitation, and for emergency situations should they come up.
If you would like to help Hernandez, you can donate to his GoFundMe page.