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Young Angler With Rare Lung Disease is Fishing to Help Others

An 11-year-old Nebraskan angler who suffers from a rare lung disease is using his passion for fishing to raise money to find a cure.

Michael Jarecki suffers from bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare lung disease that has permanently destroyed 80 percent of his lung function. He said his respiratory system feels like “breathing through a straw all day to normal people.”

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Jarecki’s family believes he contracted the disease when he caught pneumonia. They are concerned that the disease might take his life if he falls ill again.

“It’s a scary thought thinking about what is your child life going to be like in the future. It’s not going to be the normal life that other kids have,” his mother, Mindy Jarecki, told WOWT.

It’s nearly impossible for him to be active like other kids his age, but he’s found refuge in fishing. The sport has a relatively low-impact on his lungs, and he loves the challenge of the sport. He’s been hooked ever since his first cast.

The young angler’s passion for fishing inspired him to use his fishing talents to raise money for the Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation. On July 19, Jarecki will fish on Lake Wanahoo in Center, Nebraska to raise money for research towards a cure for his and other life-threatening lung diseases.

For more information about the event, or to donate towards his cause, click here.

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Young Angler With Rare Lung Disease is Fishing to Help Others