"CF may be a part of you, but do not let it define you."
The experience of living with cystic fibrosis is markedly different today than it was decades ago. Thanks to the discovery of the CF gene, the availability of effective drug therapies and advances in technology, the 30,000 Americans who deal with the disease day in and day out are living longer and fuller lives. In a word, they are thriving.
  • Rebecca Cedillo
    "Though she be but little, she is fierce!" - William Shakespeare
  • Ashley Coleman
    Every single day I wake up is a blessing. Realizing that each day is a gift, no matter how emotional I am feeling that day, is what has gotten me so far in life.
  • Gunnar Esiason
    CF may be apart of you, but do not let it define you.
  • Dryden Groat
    "My best day with CF was the day I won the 2009 Texas 1A state baseball championship with my high school team. It was more than just a victory for my team, it was a victory for myself because when that gold medal was hung around my neck I was proud of myself for never letting this disease keep me from playing the sport I love, no matter how hard things got sometimes."
  • Nicole Matthews
    “Life is like a rose… there are thorns but it is still beautiful.”
  • Travis Hodges
    "The Boomer Esiason Foundation has had such a huge impact on the world of cystic fibrosis – a very rare disease that didn’t always have a voice. I have friends and family in Cincinnati, and they all remember when Boomer stepped out and became an active advocate for all those with CF – and has never faltered in his quest to support the CF community and to find a cure."
  • Nathan Hatley
    "BEF has helped me come out of my shell and share my story with others – to see the CF community and to want to help the cause in any and every way possible."
  • Sabrina Walker Smith
    Sabrina Smith Walker is not only a cystic fibrosis patient but also a cancer survivor. Only in her 20s, she has faced more opposition than most people will face their entire lives. In spite of this, Sabrina is, and will continue to be, a survivor.
  • Megan Whearty
    "At KSU, I have had a harder time adjusting than the average person, but I am determined to succeed ... I refuse to let CF slow me down and take over my life. I am better than my disease."
  • Keith Connolly
    "I plan to continue staying healthy by planning out my days and staying motivated to beat this disease. I see a cure in the future, and I can only hope that I am here to witness that day!"
  • Bryan Pendarvis
    “I have career goals, a great family, lots of friends, and a long-time girlfriend. I’m staying positive.”
  • Steve Bell
    "I'm determined, I fight, and I prevail."
  • Chad Brown
    "It was the first time I felt like I had someone on my side..."
  • Kayte Tranel
    “Although I cannot control many aspects of my life, I have a desire to work hard and focus on the things that I am capable of achieving.”
  • Kurt Zimmerman
    “If I am studying, I use my treatments as a study break. Or if I am hanging out and watching a movie, I will put my vest on.”