Makayla is a sweet and vibrant 5 - year-old living with cystic fibrosis. She has spent most of her life in the State of Maine foster care system and was adopted in January 2019 by her new loving mother, Amanda.
In February, Makayla became deathly ill and spent more than 45 days at Eastern Maine Medical Center. She recovered, but was told that she would need a double lung transplant.
The Lea Marie Faraone Foundation heard the story and reached out to Makayla's family. After LMFF's Fiesta with the Foundation fundraiser at the Greene Turtle in May, the foundation was able to purchase a mini oxygen concentrator. The $3,000 device weighs only a few pounds and allows Makayla the freedom (her "wings") to play and move around like any 5-year-old. Within two weeks of receiving her converter, Makayla received a call that she had new lungs waiting for her.
She received her double lung transplant in July at Boston Children's Hospital and is making a recovery. The oxygen concetrator will continue to help Makayla through her rehabilitation.