High school students raise money for Nampa teen in need of a double lung transplant

Posted at 5:07 PM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 00:29:31-04

Student's at Ridgevue High School presented classmate, Gauge Edwards, with a $1,000 donation Tuesday to help with costs associated with his double lung transplant.  Gauge was born with cystic fibrosis, a terminal condition that affects the lungs, kidneys and digestive tract.

Late in 2016, doctors told the teen and his parents that Gauge needed a double lung transplant to save his life.  The news came after years of infections ravaged his lungs and other organs, requiring the teen to endure many lengthy hospitalizations.  Last October, doctors told the Edwards family that Gauge's lung function was less than 30 percent of the capacity of a normal set of lungs.

There is not a transplant team in the Treasure Valley to perform the surgery so the Edwards turned to doctors at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.  The family will have to temporarily relocate to Houston for the surgery and recovery.  They are set to head to Texas in May.

If you'd like to help with Gauge's fight to breathe easy, head to the GoFundMe page set up for the teen.