In 2006, Jamie and Amanda McDaniel brought their second child into the world, a son named Marshall. Marshall was born with the lung/digestive disease Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
Since birth, Marshall has been hospitalized twice for extended periods of time, once at the Medical Center of Georgia and another at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, both times with serious respiratory infections. Marshall has also underwent two surgeries to install and replace tubes, surgery to remove his adenoids, and three sinus surgeries to clean and remove sinus polyps.