"I try to reassure everyone who has been affected by this disease that CF isn't the end of the world if you don't want it to be."
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.
  • Andy Lipman
    Andy Lipman is in his 30s and is constantly motivated to stay healthy by his wife and children.
  • Joe Sleeper
    Joe Sleeper is motorcycle, photography, and tattoo enthusiast who works hard to stay healthy and is proud of where he is today.
  • Ryan Nickson
    “Even though I am still very private and do not tell many people about my CF, I am happy to share my story and hope it can positively affect at least one person’s hope of having children.”
  • Josh Mogren
    “I will continue to share my story and try my best to touch as many lives as possible by always going by my motto, 'I rather try and fail, then fail to try.' ”
  • David Wagner
    “I am extremely happy with my life and I would like to show by example to others that life with CF can be a happy one!”
  • Karen Vega
    “CF has not determined my life for me, I have determined it for myself, and I am forever grateful.”
  • Brian Johnson
    “I was born with CF, I’ve lived with it my whole life, it’s all I’ve ever known, it is my life!”
  • Cris Dopher
    “Keep moving forward.”
  • Tiffany Christensen
    “It’s not how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.”