CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Through the sweat and physical demand, athletes at the Iron Bridge Crossfit Gym raised more than three thousand dollars to help Kelly Dragonov pay for a new set of lungs.
"Crossfit is so powerful with getting people together, generating a powerful draw for people. Why not use that as a tool to give back to everybody else," said crossfit coach Keith Adamson.
About 10 days ago, Kelly received a double lung transplant in Texas. She battles Cystic Fibrosis, a disease passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body.
Support for Kelly never wavered, even after being turned down twice for a transplant.
Chris Papera, Kelly's neighbor said, "Mostly my misses has cooked the meals and some of the other neighbors have cooked. We've helped with their dog and whatever else we could."
To raise money, competitors went in blind. They paid to compete without knowing which events they would have to do.
Adamson said, "We released the workout and now its just a bunch of people yelling for each other trying to get fit together."
Kelly started having problems with her lungs when she was 20 years old and a lung transplant became a matter of life or death. Her friends said, this week Kelly went outside for first time since Christmas. She was able to take in a fresh breath of air into her new lungs.
"Its good to see it all work out for the best and she's awake and smiling," said Papera.
Lifting and running, all so Kelly could have a future with her husband and daughter. The money raised will help Kelly and her family pay for medical expenses.
The family is accepting donations at YouCaring.com.