“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.”
When I was young, I was extremely sick all the time. My parents took me to doctor after doctor, with no success at finding a diagnosis until we visited UNC Chapel-Hill. Then, my life was changed forever with a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis at the age of 2.
My childhood became a series of treatments and therapies – fortunately my family was supportive through it all, helping me stay on track and remain compliant. As I got older, I started getting more involved in school and started playing the trumpet in the band. Little did I know that playing that instrument would have a huge impact on my airway clearance. I also started running – something that has completely changed my life and my health.
Senior year of high school, I was researching scholarships when I stumbled upon the Boomer Esiason Foundation. I applied for the Exercise for Life scholarship, and won, which initiated many conversations with Jerry Cahill – someone I now consider a mentor and friend. Because of that friendship and learning more and more about the Foundation and its ties to the CF community, I realized that the world of CF was larger than I ever knew.
BEF has not only 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, but it has also enabled me to attend Catawba College, where I study Spanish and Accounting and run on the track team. Eventually, I want to be a college track coach, a job that will allow me to teach my passion of running to young athletes and to stay healthy by exercising with my team.
The Boomer Esiason Foundation gave me two wonderful gifts: a scholarship to help me accomplish my dreams of college and the strength to share my story with others, and be proud of everything I have accomplished so far. I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I do know that I will always keep running and will never give up hope that a cure will be found.
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People with cystic fibrosis are living longer than ever, and are making plans for their futures. Since the creation of its scholarship program, the Boomer Esiason Foundation has awarded scholarships to hundreds of deserving students with cystic fibrosis – helping people with CF across the country achieve their dreams.