Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Joey Yerves- A CF Warrior, November 1, 1985 - January 29, 2013

I am having a hard time finding the right words to describe my feelings with the passing of Joey, a beautiful soul who lost his life to Cystic Fibrosis yesterday.  I initially made contact with Joey through facebook in 2011. He was waiting for a double lung transplant.  His life was dependent on new lungs.  I felt a natural connection to Joey because at the time he was living in the same city as me.  Within weeks of connecting, Joey received his call for new lungs.  It was a miracle really. Those lungs saved his life.  

Over the past year and a half, I have been able to get to know Joey a little better, mostly through facebook posts.  He was a unique soul. He started his own record label and recording studio DEEP BREATH RECORDS. Joey was an artist creating his own music, a lot based on this experiences with CF.  He loved cars and he had a couple awesome tattoos.  

Joey lost his life due to rejection of his transplanted lungs. I am thankful to have had Joey in my life.  He taught me to stay strong and be a fighter.  Take chances.  Just breathe.  

Love you Joey.  I'll miss you now and always.