Teacher running in 5K charity race after double lung transplant surgery

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BOSTON (AP) — Six months to the day after undergoing a life-saving double lung transplant, a Boston school teacher who for his entire life has lived with a disease that robs him of lung capacity is running a 5K charity road race this weekend.

Eamonn Kelly, a science teacher at St. Columbkille Partnership School in the city’s Brighton neighborhood, plans to run the race Saturday to raise money for student scholarships and financial aid.

“After the operation I thought this would be a good milestone,” said Kelly, 32, who was born with cystic fibrosis. “But this is also a big event for the school, which has been so supportive of me and is such a wonderful community.”

Cystic fibrosis is a deadly disease that affects the digestive system and lungs, making it difficult to breathe. About 30,000 Americans have the condition, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Continue reading

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