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15 October 2018

EP 22 – Caleigh Haber-Takayama – What The World Needs More Of… The “Hype Man”

Jairek Robbins
Guest: Caleigh Haber-Takayama
Age: 28
Location: Los Angeles
Bio: Born and raised along the California coast, Caleigh was diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes thick and sticky mucus to clog the airways in the lungs and affect many other organs in the body. Growing up, Caleigh stayed healthy through sports and social activities. She later moved to San Francisco to attend culinary school. Despite her best efforts to balance health and happiness, she found herself with end-stage lung disease, frequently hospitalized and requiring a double lung transplant to live longer. While waiting for a transplant and after receiving new lungs in October 2015, she dedicated her life to awareness and advocacy for cf, organ transplant, genetic disease and chronic illness. She went on to meet the love of her life, travel and get married. After only a year and a half post-transplant, her body went into organ rejection and again she was found fighting for her life. She was hospitalized often and in January she became so sick she was medically evacuated to Los Angeles where she lived in the hospital until receiving her second gift of life – another double lung transplant June 8, 2018. She now lives a successful life achieving new goals every day — including chronicling her journey and beginning her own legacy through her foundation Fight2Breathe.
The world needs more:
1. I believe the world needs more of the “Hype Man”.
2. People empowering other people.
Wow Factor: My WOW factor is my ability to remain optimistic. My family and friends have helped me keep hopeful through their love and support. Through their ability to make me laugh and smile. Through their reminders of past triumphs and future goals.
Favorite color: Purple
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