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WH Moose Lodge Fundraiser Raises Funds for Lung Transplant of Local 21-Year-Old 

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WH Moose Lodge Fundraiser Raises Funds for Lung Transplant of Local 21-Year-Old

by James Coulter

Several hundred people flocked to the Winter Haven Moose lodge in Winter Haven to help raise funds for the lung transplant of a 21-year-old battling a chronic illness.

Shania Arms, 21, is currently battling cystic fibrosis. She requires a double lung transplant. Her family describes her as a “fighter” who has been keeping up the fight against this chronic illness. Even Shania remains determined in the face of adversity.

“I am not done fighting,” she said in her flyer for the event. “I still have a long life to live and a family to build.”

On Saturday, the Winter Haven Moose Lodge hosted a fundraiser in her honor. Food and drinks were served at the concession stand, and activities like bounce houses, face painting, and lawn games were provided on the club grounds. Live musical performances were provided by local bands including A Chunka Sumthin, Vision, and Joe’s Garage Band.

Proceeds will go toward funding Shania’s double lung transplant. Once the money has been received, Shania will be placed on the transplant waitlist and receive her transplant once a match has been found for her.

Her cousin, Amanda Ford, who assisted with the fundraiser, commended Shania for her bravery. She has lived and strived through her illness, and she will hopefully make it out alive and feeling better than ever.

“Shania is a fighter,” Ford said. “She is amazing. She has always been there to support everyone. Now she needs our support so she can keep thriving and have a life.”

Ford also commended the community, especially the Moose Lodge, for coming out to support them through this endeavor: “Things are going great so far,” she said. “We are much more organized. We have more volunteers and support from the community…They have been amazing. They supported a lot and helped me put things together.”

Melanie Brown Culpepper, a local business owner and philanthropist, dropped by to show her support. As someone who hosts countless fundraisers to help others in her local community, she wanted to return the favor and support others with their events.

“I had stopped by that day to show my support for her as I wanted to give a little to help and to show up,” she said. “It takes everyone just pulling together to help someone in need.”

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