As many of you know, I was born with a genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF). If you are new here, CF causes extra thick and sticky mucus throughout my body. You wouldn’t know that mucus can cause so many problems but it’s actually found in every major organ of our bodies. Particularly in the lungs, making it harder to breathe, sinuses, causing chronic sinus issues, & digestive systems, making it hard to digest and absorb nutrients.
Because of cystic fibrosis, I have fought for every breath I have ever taken and every pound I have ever gained. While CF can be an awful disease, I have chosen to choose joy through it all and remain positive. CF has tried to take my life many times in my short 26 years. And one time, especially, it almost succeeded. On June 21, 2016 I received an emergency, life-saving double lung transplant. My life was hanging by a single thread but I’m a fighter and I fought with everything I had (and a lot of help from my amazing doctors) to stay alive.
I was invited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to participate in a program called “DC’s Finest.” DC’s Finest honors the area’s best and brightest young professionals. I was selected because I am not only making a positive local impact but because I am committed to supporting the CF Foundation’s mission, a cure for cystic fibrosis. Through this 17-week leadership program I will have the opportunity to attend professional development classes and meet other like-minded individuals.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is part of the reason I am still alive today. As the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF, virtually every approved cystic fibrosis drug therapy available now was made possible because of the Foundation and its supporters, people like you! The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will not stop until a cure for ALL with cystic fibrosis is found. And that cure will come sooner rather than later because we are CLOSER THAN EVER.
It has become one of my personal missions to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and support the CF Foundation in any way possible. I want SO BADLY for CF to stand for Cure Found. I am honored to be selected as a Finest this year. Here are a few ways you can join me in my fight against cystic fibrosis, to be part of finding a cure.
- Purchase a ticket to the Breathe Easy Bash, our final DC’s Finest event. A night full of food, drinks, silent auctions and FUN! It will be held on August 22, 2018 at District Winery in Washington, DC. Tickets may be purchased HERE.
- Donate to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation through my Finest campaign HERE.
- Ask your company to become a corporate sponsor for our Breathe Easy Bash. (Please contact me if your company would like to become a corporate sponsor.)
Thank YOU for your support!!