Why I Cycle: CF Cycle for Life Spotlight Series
The CF Cycle for Life Spotlight Series features individuals who inspire and bring hope to their local CF community and raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis – all while cycling through some of the most scenic cities and trails in the nation. We hope these stories give you insight into the determination and passion of these cyclists, and that you consider finding a ride near today! Together, we can pedal towards a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Danny Puts Cystic Fibrosis Into Perspective Through Cycling
If you were to tell Danny a few years ago that he would have an opportunity to bike 65 miles and really enjoy it, he likely wouldn’t have believed you. Danny was diagnosed with CF as a baby and the battle with this disease has required a lot of him over the years.
“I was in my 20s and not doing everything I needed to do to stay my healthiest,” Danny admits. “I was working as a chef and pushing myself too hard. I became so ill that I had to stop work, go on disability leave for a year, and move back home.”
Over time, with the help of his care team, Danny’s health improved, and he moved back to Chicago and decided to go back to school for nutrition. “I would bike to work, then to school, back home, and everywhere in between. I basically lived on my bike,” said Danny. So, when his social worker suggested participating in CF Cycle for Life in 2015, it was perfect timing.
Danny has returned to the event each year, looking forward to the training preparation and the overall feeling that the ride gives him. “Once you’re 10 or 15 miles into the ride and the pack has spread out, it’s just you and a big blue sky from horizon to horizon. I feel a deeper connection to myself and it gives me perspective,” Danny said. “Giving myself a goal and focusing on something outside of the disease has been amazing for me and my health.”
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Danny John returns to CF Cycle for Life each year because of the perspective it gives him on living his life with CF.
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