Charlie’s Angels consists of about 500 members. The group of Angels holds several fundraising events during the year to raise awareness and funds for cystic fibrosis.
Charlotte Hugunin, AKA “Charlie,” is almost 6 years old and battles daily to breathe as she fights cystic fibrosis. She is the daughter of Tim and Jenny Hugunin of Norwalk.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic lung and digestive disease that causes heavy mucus on her lungs, pancreas and other organs. Charlie does hours of airway clearance treatments, nebulizer treatments and takes vitamins and enzymes for every meal. She has trouble gaining weight and absorbing nutrients and had a feeding tube placed when she was 1. Charlie visits Blank Children’s Hospital and sees a team of providers in order to care for her health. She sees pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, respiratory technicians, physical therapy, child life, dieticians, social worker and nurses regularly. About 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis.
Each year, Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell helps Charlie’s Angels raise significant funds with a luncheon. This year was no exception. This year’s event raised almost $7,000 for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
The event is limited to 120 people and the event was sold out about a month ago. Next year’s lunch is already in planning stages, and a list of those wanting to be contacted is growing.
Charlie introduced Campbell this year, telling the attendees that she was there today because Coach Matt is her friend, that he is helping to make cystic fibrosis go away and that he is really cute.
Along with hearing from Charlie’s dad, Tim Hugunin, telling about their day-to-day life, those attending also heard from Mike Marr, representing the Iowa State Alumni Club located in Phoenix, Ariz., about their efforts to help fund the cure. The Arizona group has, over the past couple of years, held ISU football game watch parties, raising approximately $6,000. Kelsey White from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Iowa Chapter also updated everyone on the work that Charlie’s Angels has done to help fund the cure. Hawn Wong, representing The Hotel Pattee in Perry, who has become a big supporter of Charlie’s Angels, told the group about a Pedal the Pattee Package, which they donated to use as a drawing event at the sixth annual Pushing Our Pedals for Charlie, as well as the annual Breathing Life Into the Future gala, set for April 18, 2020.
Coach Campbell talked about the upcoming season and introduced two new assistant coaches, Joel Lanning and Kyle Kempt. He also answered questions, took time to sign autographs and took photographs with those attending the lunch.
Lunch was provided by the East Lincolnway HyVee. Official photographs were taken by Brent Isenberg.
Next up will be the annual bike ride, the sixth annual Pushing Our Pedals for Charlie, to be held on Aug. 3 on the Great Western Trail in Norwalk. Anyone interested in attending can register on Eventbrite under Pushing Our Pedals for Charlie.