At Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis functions such as Friday's 18th annual Football Classic at Stadium Field and the basketball games earlier this year at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, a familiar face greets patrons asking to buy tickets for the 50-50 drawing.
His name is Barry Cheuvront and next week will mark 15 years since he underwent a double lung transplant. The long-time resident of Belpre who also serves on the BACF board of directors was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 15.
The life expectancy of those afflicted with cystic fibrosis has risen to 35 years of age - nearly double from what it was back in 1976 when Cheuvront first learned about the disease.
An avid sports fan, Cheuvront has missed just one BACF football game. And that happened only because he was returning from one of his numerous baseball trips to Florida for spring training.
His one and only absence from the basketball game occurred when he was in Pittsburgh for his double lung transplant.
"I was on the transplant list for three years," Cheuvront said. "The first call is what they call a dry run. They took me on a helicopter from Camden Clark to (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), but when I got there the lungs turned out to be bruised and they couldn't use them.
"Exactly one week later, I got the call again."
Despite a few nervous moments, the surgery went well to the point that Cheuvront was sitting up within 24 hours and walking soon after.
Nowadays, Cheuvront is basking in the fact that his Pittsburgh Pirates are flirting with a .500 record. This past March, he celebrated his 50th birthday.
"I wouldn't say I am on borrowed time, but the surgery gave me a second chance on life," Cheuvront said. "I've had very few problems in between."
"The one question that is apparently on everybody's mind is what about acting?" Flores said. "I'm passionate about acting and I hope I can succeed at that, but I have to be smart because the industry is tough."
On Monday, Flores completed a two-week stay in the hospital.
"It's become difficult the more and more I do hospital stays," Flores said. "When you have a condition like cystic fibrosis, it becomes hard to treat because you become resistant to things. Medicines are doing what they can, but what they can do is not enough right now.
"Now more than ever for me personally it's important we raise money for CF."
"Actually, I was hoping we would find a cure by now, but since we haven't I'm happy it's still going strong like it is," Tennant said. "The community really supports it."
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