Posted By: Camila Orti
The second recipient of Union Bank's Magic Moments is a man fighting an illness with an uplifting attitude.
Cystic Fibrosis won't stop 29-year-old Shaun McCabe from achieving his dreams.
"I've never really wanted to let that be something that slowed me down," McCabe said.
McCabe graduated from Wayne State College with a communications degree a few years ago, and aspires to have a career in radio. It's this attitude that inspired friends and family to nominate him for Magic Moments.
"I wanted him to get this wish so he could get the operation he desperately needs," Shaun's sister Janette McCabe said. It was her idea to nominate him.
"I screamed in the telephone 'Oh my God we won,' I was so happy because it really meant a lot," Janette said.
Shaun is awaiting a dual lung and liver transplant that could potentially save his life.
Thursday, he opened gifts bought by Union Bank.
He received items like a camera and a computer that will keep him entertained and connected during his many hours in the hospital.
"I was pretty excited to get the laptop because then it means I can stay in fluid contact with people," McCabe said.
McCabe says his friends and family are what keeps him strong, and he returns the favor with humor.
"They might have a crummy day but I live a crummy life but then I also have a really great attitude about it," McCabe said.
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the average patient lives to their mid–30s.
"You don't want to think about not having him here and not having him for those special moments," Janette said.
But Shaun and his family are confident they'll be making many more memories.
Channel 8 Eyewitness News is proud to be partners with Union Bank to bring you Magic Moments. The bank selects 10 deserving families each year to receive Christmas presents.
The family is accepting donations to help Shaun afford the transplant. For more information or to donate, click here.