Lung transplant has Grayslake woman walking for awareness, funds

Chicago Tribune | Lauren Zumbach

Catherine Horine crosses the finish line in the Hike For Lung Health in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 20, with family members. Horine, 60, of Grayslake, underwent a lung transplant less than a year ago. (Horine family / Handout)

Before her lung transplant about 10 months ago, Catherine Horine struggled to walk around the house.

On Sept. 20, the Grayslake resident's new lung powered her on a three-mile walk through Chicago's Lincoln Park with her parents, brothers and other family members as part of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's Hike for Lung Health.

"I feel like I accomplished something that a year ago seemed completely out of reach," said Horine, 60, walking in a white cap adorned with two pins — one promoting organ donation, the other a silver pair of lungs. "It was great to have the whole family supporting me and walking with me."

About 500 people had registered for the annual walk, which in prior years has raised roughly $85,000, said association spokeswoman Emily Farns.

Horine said the lung disease she was diagnosed with, idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, seemed to arrive overnight. She woke up with a cough one morning in November 2013 and it refused to go away, she said. Continue reading