South Dakota native Tyrel Tanner was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 4. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that caused progressive lung damage, persistent infections and eventually respiratory failure. He has had countless hospitalizations over the years since his diagnosis and went through multiple daily treatments to delay the inevitable loss of lung function. Despite the toll the disease took on Tyrel, he refused to give into it.
As a youth, Tyrel played soccer, excelled in 4-H, loved to fish, was a member of the National Honor Society and Prom King. He has attended college, joined the workforce and tried to live life as fully as CF would allow. Through this all Tyrel has maintained a positive attitude.
AT 23 years old Tyrel needed a double lung transplant due to the damage his lungs received from his lifelong battle with CF. Although there is not a cure for CF, a lung transplant can extend a patient’s life and improve their health. At its wor...