Former Miss La Paz County to receive lung transplant

UPDATE 8/9/2013 8:00am: From Teresa Tozer: “After more then 7 hours of surgery, Aly came through with flying colors. She has a very long road to recovery but we are excited to help her heal. We cannot thank you all enough for the outpouring of love and support. Aly has been given an amazing gift of life that I will forever be grateful for.”

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Former Miss La Paz County Alyson Tozer is to receive a new set of lungs Thursday (August 8th).

Alyson has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects most critically the lungs, and also the pancreas, liver, and intestine. It affects the body’s ability to process some components in the body, leading to repeated lung infections and cysts. Alyson underwent daily treatment at home for the condition, and has been hospitalized many times at Phoenix Children’s Hospital over the years, her ‘home away from home’.

This time, the accumulated damage to her lungs was more severe, leading to her admission last week at the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. After consultation with a team of doctors, Alyson was placed on the database for a transplant earlier this week and transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix in anticipation of receiving a match for her.

Her parents, Richard and Teresa Tozer, who both work at Arizona Western College in Parker, have temporarily found accommodations near the hospital where Alyson will be receiving her transplant today.

Family and friends of Alyson sent messages of support, thoughts and prayers to her Facebook page early Thursday upon hearing the news of her major surgery, which is scheduled for around noon. The messages included many which mentioned the inspiration many people are taking from Alyson and her journey:

“You are honestly the strongest, most brave girl I will ever know. I am so beyond happy for you to start your journey with your new lungs!”

“Your Miss Arizona family is here and praying.”

“Aly has always been such a beautiful young lady, and a miracle!”

“New lungs, new life! So excited about where you will go and who you will inspire. You are my hero and an inspiration to many.”

“I am so proud of this beautiful young woman. She truly is an inspiration. I have learned so much from Aly Tozer that words cannot describe.”

In addition, many Facebook users who know Alyson changed their profile pictures to the ‘Sixty-Five Roses’ artwork (pictured below), to signify solidarity with Alyson as she undergoes the procedure. Sixty-five roses is a nickname for cystic fibrosis.

Alyson herself commented earlier this week:

“We found an amazing rehab place to stay during our time here. Although I’m very scared, I am so very excited for this journey!! I seriously have the most amazing parents someone could ever ask for. This will be the biggest step I have taken in my life, and I’m going in positive and strong. Knowing I have some of the best doctors, surgeons, teams, parents, and community support, I know I can do this!”

Alyson’s recovery is expected to last for several months. Parker Live will update with reports of her progress.

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14 comments

  1. Positive thoughts and prayers for you Aly. You are a brave, strong, beautiful young woman. I just know it won’t be long before you are back in Parker, baking away!

  2. Rich and Teresa,
    Know that you and Alyson are in our prayers. Be brave and take it one day at a time….Alyson has those Tozer genes in her and we all know how stuborn and tough they are……. We love you guys.

  3. Allison, Rich and “T”— Your strength, courage and resiliency impressive and will see you through these difficult days. Know that Matt, Mitch and I are here for anything you need!! Love you all!

  4. Thank your for sharing such a well written article and bringing awareness to Cystic Fibrosis and to Allison’s story

  5. The congregation of Parker apostolic church will keep you and your family in prayer, pleading with God to give you and your wife strength and Allyson complete healing, rest assured that you have a community and friends and family that are praying on your behalf. God bless you.
    Pastor Jose Garcia

  6. Bless your heart! What a wonderful gift for you…we wish you a speedy recovery Alyson. And you are absolutely right about having the greatest parents ever. Teresa and Rich……you are in our thoughts <3

    Cheryl and Harris Burns

  7. Such and brave and wonderful girl. Most of all a fighter. She will come through this and the lives of many will be made better by Aly. Teri Forbis

  8. Aly,

    You got this….keeping you in our thoughts.

    -Tiina

  9. Your PCH family supports u and like tiina said you got this!!!
    Muah!

  10. Ken Helm and I, also send our love and prayers to you Aly and Rich and Teresa. God will be watching over you, making sure your alright. 🙂

    HUGS from us both

  11. After 7 hours of surgery Aly came through with flying colors! She has a long road to recovery but we are excited to help her heal. We cannot thank you all enough for the outpouring of love and support. Aly has been given an amazing gift of life that I will forever be greatful for.

  12. Hi Aly So glad for you Def a fighter

    I received this for you

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    **Prayer Request** For a friend of a friend that had lung transplant surgery…. Almighty God we ask that you guide the doctors and nurses as they provide her the very best of care, Lord God we ask that her healing process would be complete and quick help her to get back on her feet in the mighty name of Jesus AMEN!!!

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    Former Miss La Paz County Alyson Tozer is to receive a new set of lungs Thursday. Alyson has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects most critically the lungs, and also the pancreas, liver, and intestine. It affects the body’s ability to process some components in the body, leading to repea…
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  13. Sorry, Name is Rob HUGSSS <3

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