Charleston man remembered after losing battle with Cystic Fibrosis

Charleston man remembered after losing battle with Cystic Fibrosis

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Many around the Lowcountry are mourning the recent death of a 21-year-old Charleston man who fought a long and inspirational battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

According to the Facebook page Lungs 4 Life, Tripp Oldham passed away Monday at 10:40 a.m. while waiting for a double lung transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. The page was created by Tripp's family to track his fight against the disease.

"This morning at 10:40 am Tripp received his wings to heaven. He fought long and hard but it proved to be too much for his body. He was the most amazing son, brother, boyfriend, friend and person that you could ever hope to have been lucky enough to have in your life," states a post on the Facebook page. "His smile and personality touched everyone he met. While my heart is broken to have him gone, I know that he is breathing easy now!"

The former West Ashley High School student was set to receive his double lung transplant on May 7, but last minute complications with the donor canceled the surgery, according to Lungs 4 Life.

He was then sedated and placed on a ventilator due to his condition. Another donor was not found.

Hundreds have posted on the Facebook page to offer their condolences and point to the strength Tripp showed throughout his battle.

"So proud of Tripp and the example he set for everyone who knew him, and he touched many lives," Deborah Dunn posted. "I know he was always so very proud of and filled with love for his family."

"Bravery has many faces," Mike Rietvelt posted. "Tripp faced life with the courage to fight for life every day, something most of us take for granted."

The annual Redneck Horseshoes Tournament at Folly Beach was created to raise funds to assist with the family's medical bills. The event was last held on April 20, 2013.

Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.

For more information on Lungs 4 Life, click here.

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