By: Lauren Fabrizi
Saturday was a night to remember for the cystic fibrosis community in Nebraska.
Michelle Smidt has been living with cystic fibrosis for almost forty 41 years.
"It can be a roller coaster ride," Smidt said.
But Smidt said it's days like Saturday that keep her going.
Concerned Nebraskans for Cystic Fibrosis held its 12th annual 65 Roses fundraiser to help raise money for those living with cystic fibrosis.
"It's beyond words what it means to see all these people come out and support it," Smidt said. "It's just amazing."
Smidt said she's had a strong support system throughout her journey. She ultimately hopes a cure will be found.
"Some day I won't have to do all these treatments, I won't have to take all these pills, I won't have to do hospital stays," Smidt said. "I won't have to do any of that stuff."
About 250 people came out to the Pla Mor Ballroom for the event. Channel 8's very own Rod Fowler emceed.
The fundraiser featured a silent auction with dozens of items to be bid on, and plenty of food provided by Raising Canes among other businesses. There was even a chance to shine on the dance floor.
Michelle Tyser's husband lost the battle to cystic fibrosis in 1995. A good portion of the money raised will go toward college scholarships in his name for teens living with cystic fibrosis.
"He would be really proud of what I'm still doing today to help people with CF, and help people go to college and get an education," Tyser said.
Organizers said they hope to raise about $11,000 this year.