"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.

Kurt Zimmerman

Kurt's Story

I am 21 years old and was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. When I was young, my family moved to Denver, Colo., but we eventually settled in Sacramento, Calif. I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of seven after my mother discovered I had nasal polyps. Growing up, I was always compliant with my treatments, and I enjoy biking to stay healthy.

Kurt on CF and the Future

I currently attend the University of California - Los Angeles, where I am studying rocket science. I intend to graduate and perhaps pursue a career at NASA. While I have a busy schedule at school, I still make time to for my treatments. For example, 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. 

Some of my hobbies include hanging out with friends, skiing, watching movies and of course, my passion; rockets. I am in the Rocket Club at UCLA, and intend to get an internship in this field while continuing to pursue my degree in rocket science.

Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Movie: Apollo 13
Favorite Color: Green
Role Model: Parents
Dream Vacation: Skiing in the Canadian Rockies
You can find Kurt on … Facebook 

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