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Yakima Family Raises Money for Cystic Fibrosis and Remembers Their Son

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YAKIMA, Wa.- Tomorrow will be a very exciting time for Shari Chapman. After more than a year of mourning her son's death, she's now celebrating his life.

"When you lose a child an important thing is to keep the memory alive," said Chapman.

Tyler Nelson George Chapman died a year and a half ago from Cystic Fibrosis.

"You usually don't know they're sick. Inside them, their lungs are in bad shape... and they're slowly dying," said Chapman.

Most Cystic Fibrosis patients are diagnosed by the age of two and usually don't live more than 37 years. Tyler only lived 20 years but his family says he lived with no regrets and no fear.

"If people can understand that and take it with them and carry it with them everywhere, I think their lives will be richer," said Chapman.

Tyler was well known in Yakima for his energy and positive attitude. His aunt remembers his good sense of humor.

"He had this distinctive laugh. It's a contagious laugh," said Juli Molano.

Tyler's family wears angel charms and says sitting around and singing his favorite songs is just one way they remember their angel.

The fundraiser will be at Chapman's home, 1707 Birchfield Road.

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