This years CF Video: https://www.kizoa.com/Movie-Maker/d355473185k5700122o1/cf-video-2021
Hello my name is Sydney and I am currently 17 years old and will be turning 18 in May! This year has lead to many unknowns for me. As this is my last year of high school I was unsure if I would even have a high school soccer season, a cup season, ever be able to leave my house, and even be able to persue my dream in being able to play soccer at college level. With all these unknowns I knew one thing for sure that COVID-19 would not slow me down from staying in shape and getting pushing myself to become a better player. Having CF is hard it's self but trying to stay in shape with CF is even harder and makes you work twice as hard! I took that to heart and every day I would go down to an empty church parking lot by my house and run. This ended up helping me so much. I have always had problems breathing while running and luckily in November 2019 I was put on the magical medication we call Trikafta. Trikafta changed my lungs and body for such amazing things. I am able to run with my soccer team now and stay with them the whole time which I have NEVER been able to do, and it's not just because of all the extra running I did it's because of amazing medications like Trikafta. Medications like these are only possible beacause of people like you who help donate money to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I am such an active person and by the way I look you would never be able to tell that I have been fighting CF my whole life. People always ask me to describe how CF effects me and I can now say that with COVID-19 your all living our lives. Social distancing is part of every CF pacients life, we must stay 6 ft plus away from those with CF and those who are sick outside our home. We also have to wear mask every dr appointment or anytime in the hospital to help keep our bacterias to ourself and not get any other CFers sick. While there is a vaccine for COVID and while this isn't always going to be here and you will get to go back to a normal life. This is an everyday battle for me and all those living with CF! You will be able to hug your friends and family again one day while I'm forced to stay 6 ft away from my best friend because she also has Cystic Fibrosis. While there may not be a cure for CF I am not giving up hope! I have over come so much in the past few years from being in the hospital on my 16th birthday, to many other long hospital visits, to missing so much soccer and to now say that I am a senior in high school and that I am so blessed and excited to continue my soccer and athletic career at Geneva College I would of never thought this would of been possible. But with all the amazing fundraisers that the CF Foundation puts on to support all of us with CF this makes it possible. While you are going to be going back to normal life soon think about us who have to fight everyday and live in these circumstances our whole lives. CF will stand for CURE FOUND and that starts with you! Thank you for reading my story but I am not alone, please consider donating to the CF Great Strides this year!