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Sarah Murnaghan Receives 'Shining Star Award'

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A young girl whose courage and bravery inspired millions was honored Friday night.

You may remember Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old who had two double-lung transplants after her parents brought her issue to court.

She was given the "Shining Star" award, for living life to the fullest, despite the fact she's dealing with Cystic Fibrosis.

She knows the battle is far from over.

"Don't go for easy, just go for possible," Sarah said.

She has been battling CF since she was 8-years-old.

In the latest chapter of her public journey, Sarah received an award for her bravery.

"The bravery that I didn't know was there like exploded inside my body, and it totally changed me," she said.

Wishes and Dreams Chairperson, Kim Gailie says Sarah was chosen for the award because she exemplifies the fighting spirit of those living with the incurable disease.

"She's the epitome of the Shining Star, a person with CF that's overcome the challenges of this disease that can obviously be so detrimental," she said.

When Sarah was 10, she badly needed a double lung transplant, but donor rules didn't allow her to be on the adult list until she was 12.

Her parents took the matter to court, and two surgeries later, only FOX 29 News cameras were there as she returned home last August after six months at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

A few weeks later, her mom posted video of Sarah on Facebook breathing on her own.

"We've helped a lot of other kids, too. There are about 10 kids listed right now who wouldn't have been listed for adult lungs and at least one other child that's gotten a transplant like Sarah," Janet Murnaghan said.

Wise beyond her years, Sarah hopes her fight against CF will inspire others in her position to continue to carry on.

"The bravery I'm talking about may not seem to be there at first, I promise it's there, and it can take you all the way to the impossible, if you just believe in yourself," she said.

There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects roughly 30,000  people.

The goal of Friday night's Winter Ball was to raise enough money for research to change that.

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