2019 Great Strides National Ambassadors
Meet Hannah and George, this year’s Great Strides National Ambassadors.
Hannah is a 23-year-old with cystic fibrosis who loves blogging, playing the drums, and creating videos. This May, she looks forward to graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in creative writing and participating in her 18th Great Strides Walk along with her family and friends.
"When I was diagnosed with CF at the age of five, my parents immediately joined forces with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Together, they founded a Great Strides walk in our tiny hometown, and it's been totally apparent even since then that the Foundation thoroughly supports us in this fight. I have always felt seen by the Foundation - I have always felt heard and so has my family. I feel absolutely honored to be serving my community and standing with the great people at the Foundation as a 2019 Great Strides National Ambassador."
George is a 3-year-old CF Fighter from Tampa, Fla. He was diagnosed with CF just two weeks after he was born, and since then his entire family, led by his parents Matt and Elisa Chelius, have united across the nation to help raise funds and awareness for his rare disease. While George is too young to be leading the charge just yet, he has proven to be very brave when it comes to his daily treatments, hospitalizations, and taking on the challenges that CF presents.
"When George was
diagnosed with CF, we felt hopeless and fearful for his future. However, as we became
more educated and active within the cystic fibrosis community, what
previously seemed so daunting started to feel like a fight that we were
prepared to take on and win. The Foundation has been a constant source of
support, guidance, and education for us, and we are eternally grateful for
everything they do to help those suffering from CF and for their
dedicated mission to finding a cure. We are honored to share our
story as a 2019 Great Strides National Ambassador."
- Elisa Chelius, George’s mother