Ohio Warrior: Aubrey, age 5
The Inman family is no stranger to overcoming difficulty and rising to the occasion. When Aimee Inman first joined the United States Air Force, she quickly realized that once she graduated from Basic Military Training and Technical School, the Air Force was sending her to North Carolina, forcing her away from her home state of Ohio. So, she and her high school sweetheart, Bryan, decided to marry at a young age and turned an unforeseen situation into the beginning of a new chapter.
Growing up in rocky homes and getting an early start on life, the Inman’s were determined to do parenthood right. “It took us a little over 5 years to grow up and get ready for kiddos. So we could be the best parents we envisioned ourselves as.” When the couple learned that their oldest of two daughters would be born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease, they were faced with many unknowns. “We had no clue we were even carriers.”
They immediately got started seeking answers and treatment opportunities for Aubrey, now 5 years old, to live her life just like any other child. The Inman’s will be reassigned for the second time in the very near future and they have full trust that the military will put Aubrey’s best interests first. “Our first reassignment was terrifying because we didn’t know how the EFMP worked, we thought we were all on our own to find her doctors, accredited CF centers, children’s hospitals and everything else we didn’t know we needed yet. Aubrey wasn’t even a year old at the time.” The Exceptional Military Families Program (EFMP) ensures Aimee will be stationed where Aubrey will have outstanding treatment options that can continue to help her fight with CF. This program assists all military members who have children with medical needs.
And, most recently, Aubrey’s fight against CF gained yet another ally. The Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation selected Aubrey to receive an AffloVest offering next-generation technology in airway clearance therapy. The AffloVest’s lightweight and portable features will support Aubrey when the family is moving, traveling, or even staying right at home to work on staying healthy, battling CF, and “[keep] on having fun,” says Aimee.
However, as successful as Bryan, Aimee, Aubrey, and Adalyn Inman have been in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, there are still very real unknowns they will face. They know that deployments and more re-assignments are a possibility for Aimee that will affect the whole family. And, they know that Aubrey’s fight with CF may one day require a lung transplant. However, just as before, the Inman’s are nowhere near giving up, rather, the opposite. They are choosing to fight, and they want you to join them.
“I hope that people seriously consider being an organ donor,” says Aimee. The gift of organ donation is something that can give some CF warriors a chance to extend life and improve health. While lung transplant isn’t a cure for CF, more than 100 CF patients each year choose the option after careful consideration of the potential risks and benefits.
To support the Inman family and other CF warriors, join them at Bicycle & Bootcamp at the Welcome Stadium in Dayton, OH on Sunday, August 12th for a fitness-focused fundraiser hosted by The Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. Join the stars of this season of The Bachelorette, Colton Underwood and Connor Obrochta, for a bike ride, workout, and celebration to raise support and awareness for cystic fibrosis. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased online or at the Welcome Stadium on August 12th.