In many ways, Caleigh Haber is your typical, fun-loving 24-year-old: She loves Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres, sushi, and her dog, London. She’s an amateur painter and a trained pastry chef, and she has an infectious laugh. She’s also an adult living with cystic fibrosis.
Caleigh’s story is part of “The Happiness
Stories,” a video series from filmmaker Ron Parida that documents the lives of
people living with chronic illnesses. As The Happiness
Stories YouTube channel suggests, the series is focused on both raising
awareness of these illnesses and spreading joy. Parida writes, “Happiness is a
CHOICE we all have, and the goal of this project is to show this through mini
documentaries in the hopes of inspiring.”
At the end of the video, Parida reminds viewers that Caleigh is on a list for a double lung transplant for over a year, as she waits for a suitable donor. This video is a perfect reminder of why organ donation is so important, and of why we all should sign up. As Parida asks, when it comes to organ donation, “WHY NOT?” Organ donation costs the donor nothing and can save many lives. Find out more about how to sign up to donate here, and learn more about Caleigh Haber and her fight against CF at Fight2Breathe.