A Man’s Journey with Cystic Fibrosis

Frank Gritzmacher, 33, received his double lung transplant Dec. 17, 2014 at New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia in New York City.

The call that saved his life

Receiving the short end since birth

Bronwen “Brownie” Gritzmacher sits with her newborn son Francis “Frank” Gritzmacher the day after his birth.
Frank Gritzmacher was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis a few days after birth.

The Facts of Cystic Fibrosis

The flutter
The acapella
Al Gritzmacher asked one of the nurses before going under if she would take a few pictures during the surgery.

Growing up as “Frank” not “The kid with Cystic Fibrosis”

The birth of COTA: Team Frank G.

A bleak outlook and the call that changed everything


Frank Gritzmacher in the ICU just after the transplant.
Frank a couple of days post transplant.




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