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Flash Mob For Claire

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Flash Mob For Claire

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Santa Monica - Claire Wineland was born with Cystic Fibrosis after inheriting a silent CF gene from each of her parents. She has survived multiple surgeries, and more hospitalizations than she can count. Last year she survived 17 days in a coma on full life support.

Since recovering from her coma Claire has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, and most recently fulfilled her biggest mission... spreading joy in the form of a Flash Mob.

On May 1st at 3pm, roughly 300 supporters who had learned Claire's dance showed up at simultaneous Flash Mobs in Santa Monica and Las Vegas and broke out into dance. In the process, they raised $24,000 to help families dealing with Cystic Fibrosis.

Claire's isn't sure if a lung transplant is in her future. Right now, an antibody in her blood -- which came from a blood transfusion -- would cause her body to reject the vast majority of lungs that might be available to her.

For now, Claire intends to continue on her mission to spread joy and help other kids find their purpose.

If you'd like to donate to Claire's charity to help support her and other families dealing with Cystic Fibrosis go to her foundation website, clairesplacefoundation.org

You can follow Claire's updates on Facebook on the Claire Wineland, Love, Songs and Updates Page, facebook.com/clairewineland

The Flash Mob was choreographed by Lisa Gumenick, owner of The Pretenders Studio: Dance and Performing Arts Studio in Santa Monica, thepretendersstudio.com

Pop Violin composition "Canon in D" was performed by Josh Vietti. You can learn more about Josh, his performances and his music at joshvietti.com

If you're interested in joining a flash mob, you can find one near you at FlashMobAmerica.com

To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis go to the CF Foundation website at cysticfibrosis.com

Flash Mob For Claire
KTTV Fox 11 News
Tuesday, May 10, 2011