Cystic Fibrosis Podcast 88: Don Warner – Walks on the Beach with Angie: A Father’s Story of Love

Walks on the Beach with Angie: A Father’s Story of Love describes Don’s relationship with his beloved daughter, Angela, who had cystic fibrosis. Don Warner and his wife, Linda, did everything they could to give their only child immeasurable love and the fullest life possible, all the while carrying out an aggressive treatment regimen to fight her fatal disease.

  • Angela was diagnosed at three months of age, and Don recalls how the information they found on CF at the library was alarming and frightening.
  • “Angie was an active child and a normal high school kid … very involved in cheerleading,” Don says.
  • During the final 86 days of her life, as Angie lay in the intensive care unit on a ventilator, the Warners were surrounded by loved ones. The grief and loss that Don and his wife experienced prompted him to write a book and create a lasting legacy in her honor.
  • Angela loved vacationing with the family in Laguna Beach, taking walks on the beach at night star gazing, and having great conversations about life.
  • Don Warner’s advice to CF patients and their families: “Keep fighting every day.”
  • Don Warner’s recommendations to others who experience the loss of a child from a fatal disease:  “Whatever pain you are feeling, it’s ok. Surround yourself with loved ones, and have faith and hope that you will reunite some day.”
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This “LIVING. BREATHING. SUCCEEDING.” Podcast/Vodcast is the 10th in a series of 12 made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.