My Cystic Fibrosis is omnipresent. I cannot wish it away, cure it with a few pills like a common cold, or pretend it does not exist, but I do not let it define me. I do not trudge around with my disease, carrying it around like a hefty backpack. Rather, I wear it with pride. When people hear “Cystic Fibrosis,” they think death, sickness, and struggles. But I don’t think of it as a handicap or as any kind of prison. I think life, opportunities, perseverance, and the freedom to be myself. The disease that can cut the average human’s life expectancy in half has allowed me to be live my life to the fullest, full of valor, optimism, and curiosity.
I turn 18 in April, and still enjoy cross country, track, and surfing. The median age for living with CF is early 40's. Every day I do therapy to stay healthy. My therapy consists of wearing an inflatable vest to help clear mucus from my lungs and using two nebulizers. In one week, I take 170 pills and do seven hours of therapy.
On Saturday, May 18, my mom, dad, and I will walk with our team, Angelica's Angels, at Halifax Mall for the Great Strides Walk benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Great Strides Walk is the CF Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year.
Last year, our team, Angelica's Angels, was recognized as one of the top fundraising teams in North Carolina raising more than $41,000. Our national team goal this year is $40,o00. This year, the 2019 Great Strides Wake County walk goal is $350,000. We have friends and family walking in NC, FL, MA, and NY. Our friends will come together in downtown Raleigh and raise money for this important cause and we hope you'll help us!
I hope you will choose to donate to help me reach my personal goal of $20,000. Last year, I raised almost $15,000! Your gift is 100% tax deductible -- just click the gold box ("Donate to Angelica")! Alternatively, checks can be made payable to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and mailed to my family before or after the May 18 walk date.
Thank you for helping me ROCK CF! Please continue to keep me and those living with CF in your prayers.
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