There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth.
I am currently a online college student and have been fighting this disease for almost 20 years now. Cystic Fibrosis has become a way of life for me. CF comes with it’s bad days, exhaustion, sick days, doctors notes, hospital admissions, surgeries, and many more struggles. A lot of people ask me how I do it and how I remain so positive through most struggles and truthfully I remain positive because it’s the only choice I have. I can’t sit and let CF define me. After all that CF has taken from me, I can’t let it be a thief of my happiness too. The thing that encourages me the most is people like you who read my story, pray for me, and help support me. I never underestimate the power of hope and prayer when living with a chronic illness because to me those are the most important qualities to look after when going through a life threatening disease.
I’m thankful for my family to hold me up on my bad days, and mostly all the people in my life who encourage me when I’m too tired to fight. I can’t even fathom the love I have for Jesus that he fights for me through all my storms all while protecting me. He’s always one step forward and carrying me when CF takes over and I become weak. As CF has taken away relationships, parts of my happiness, and altered my perspective, I’m thankful for it. Because with all that it’s taken from me, Jesus has replaced it with His beauty. This may be the biggest burden I fight with, and something I would never wish upon anyone but it’s developed me into the person I am today and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cystic Fibrosis is ruthless, devastating, and heartbreaking but Cystic Fibrosis changes people. Its sculpted people into someone who understands more deeply, hurts more often, appreciates more quickly, hopes more desperately, loves more openly, and lives more passionately. If I didn’t have CF I probably would not value life like I do. I would not cherish each breath like I do. I probably wouldn’t love as deeply each day like I do. I would not live life like I do. CF has developed me into the person I am today and I am so thankful for the person I am becoming and all the life lessons CF has taught me.
Ever since I turned 8 years old I have had a passion to fundraise and create awareness for CF. Seeing everyone fundraise and help out is what gives me hope for more tomorrows. I hope you will support me in my efforts this year.
Over the years since I have started fundraising we have raised a total of $222,000!!! Which is so incredible. This year I am hoping you will donate for a cure or walk with me in my Great Strides walk. Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people like me living with CF and their families.
Real progress has been made for those who have CF, but there is still no cure for this devastating disease and many lives are cut far too short. By walking today, you are helping add tomorrows to the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis. Please consider making a donation to my Great Strides fundraising campaign today! Together lets fundraise till CF stands for CURE FOUND!
Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting groundbreaking research and medical progress. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.
Your love, prayers, and support never go unnoticed. I appreciate you!