On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim and Ben talk with a North Carolina couple about their recent battle with COVID-19 and their new push for wearing face masks.

Angie and AJ Daoud are well known in Republican circles. AJ has been a party official, candidate for office, and helps with presidential visits. Angie has also served as a delegate to the Republican Nation Convention.

Their faith in the party may be waning however, after the couple contracted COVID-19 In July.

AJ recovered within a couple of days, but Angie spent nearly a week in the ICU. Now, roughly two months after overcoming the virus, she can barely climb a set of stairs and doctors tell her the now permanent scar tissue in her lungs will eventually lead to emphysema.

Hear the heart-wrenching story of Angie's fight to survive, the moments when AJ didn’t know if his wife was alive, and how she is now on a mission to get people to understand the importance of wearing a mask despite facing backlash over the issue.

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With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just sound bites. North Carolina veteran reporter and anchor Tim Boyum is loosening his signature bow tie for candid conversations with power players across the state. In "Tying It Together," Tim uncovers what makes these newsmakers tick, explores fascinating life stories, and helps all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our community.


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