Chloe C.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Describe an achievement or rewarding experience that you are most proud of accomplishing while living with CF, and how it has molded the person you have become."

Throughout my high school career, I had countless personal achievements. Most of these however, were accomplished through 4-H or through other leadership roles, and were not directly affected by my health. Therefore, the activity that I am the most proud of myself for is cross country.

Cross country is something that many people, even the perfectly healthy, decide not to attempt, for a myriad of reasons. Oftentimes, the only people who participate in the sport are those who know they are gifted with great running ability, or those who seek great thrills or challenges. I don't fit into either of these categories- my genetic structure in itself makes running a struggle, and I do not consider myself much of a thrill seeker. What made me choose to start running was the story of Ronnie Sharpe, a prominent figure in the CF community. His story of improved health after taking up the sport inspired me to begin my own running career.

Cross country has always been a major challenge for me. I considered myself unathletic before I started running, and my lungs sometimes made it feel like it was an accomplishment just to show up. Despite this, I participated in the sport for three years, and improved my 4K race time from approximately 27:00 to a personal best of 21:43.

Even though running has always been a challenge, it is the activity that has most helped shape my health, motivation, strength, and fortitude.


Chloe C.'s Artwork


Throughout my life, I have found that many people tend to look at me in one of two ways: one, that everything I do, no matter how simple, is 'amazing' or 'inspiring', or two, that nothing I do really matters simply I have cystic fibrosis and have been labeled as 'sick'. In this piece, I explain why these lines of thinking are flawed, and urge the reader to reconsider this line of thought.

Chloe C.'s Achievements

  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Cross Country
  • Forensics
  • Track
  • School Leadership: Class President (2011 – 2012); Class Secretary (2013 – 2014)
  • 4-H: Lyon County Teen Council Treasurer (2012 – 2013), Lyon Co. Interstate Exchange Trip President (2012 – 2013), Happy Harvesters 4-H Club President (2012 – 2014)
  • Scholars' Bowl, Captain (2012 – 2014)
  • Yearbook, Editor (2012 – 2014)
  • Newspaper, Chief Editor (2013 – 2014)
  • Band, First chair flutist (2013 – 2014)