UPDATE: Parkersburg man battling cystic fibrosis celebrates 23rd birthday

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/8/18 4:30 PM

Wyatt Smith has been at a hospital in Pittsburgh for over a year now. It's the second birthday he's celebrating there.

For his birthday his mom says the hospital is throwing him a surprise party.

She says he is getting stronger every day, but still has a long road to recovery. She says she can't thank their family, friends and the community enough for their support.

Wyatt loves receiving cards in the mail, so if you're interested you can send a card to Room 1022, Lathrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213.

UPDATE: 3/2/18 5:00 PM

After talking to his mother, Wyatt has gained strength but has run into some setbacks along the way.

Wyatt was able to receive a lung transplant back in September.

His mother says he has been recovering well from the transplant but now battles other viruses and recently lymphoma.

Because of the transplant, Wyatt’s mother says his immune system became weak and couldn’t fight off the cancer cells.

But she said he is strong and will overcome it just like everything else.

Carolyn Smith, Wyatt’s mother, shares the recent news about Wyatt’s health. “Last night biopsies came back that they took from a couple of suspicious looking areas and he has lymphoma. With that kind of cancer there is a certain drug they are going to treat him with. But Wyatt told me he’s not afraid and he’s not worried because he knows he can beat it.”

Through the ups and downs over the years, Wyatt’s mother says he has been very strong but misses his home town.

His family says he could use all the help and encouragement he can get.

If you’re interested in mailing an encouraging letter, his address is 631 College Street Apt. 1 Pittsburgh, PA 15232

UPDATE: 10/19/2017 4:30 p.m.

Wyatt’s family wish came true when he received a donor in September.

Wyatt’s mom says his condition and medical needs forced the family to move to Pittsburgh, to be closer to the hospital.

She says it's a slow process, but Wyatt stays positive, especially, when he receives cards from his community.

Carolyn Smith says, "He has worked very hard on the equipment; he's still on a ventilator. He's working hard to get off of that ventilator. He's lost a lot of weight. He's so tiny. He's going to be here for a while."

If anyone wants to send cards to Wyatt, they can do so at, 631 College Street Apt. 1, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Wyatt Smith, 22, of Parkersburg, is back in the hospital on a ventilator, awaiting a lung transplant, according to his mother.

Smith has been has been battling Cystic Fibrosis since he was a child.

He is well known in the Mid-Ohio Valley for his positive spirit, and his love for football and fishing.

Wyatt’s mother also says he just turned 22 years old on August 8th and he spent this birthday in the hospital.

With Wyatt’s critical condition doctors have placed him at the top of the lung transplant list.

Carolyn Smith says, “He just is my hero, and he’s suffering. I don’t know a better human being then Wyatt, and I certainly don’t know anyone more deserving. Not to say that other people aren’t, I don’t mean it like that. But, he is truly pure.”

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