Kiersten 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."

I put on my first pair of shiny black tap shoes at the age of two. I was hooked! That was the beginning of a 12 year journey as a regional, state, and national competitive tap dancer. The vast majority of competitive dancers end their competitive dance career upon graduation from high school. I was determined to continue dancing in college. Why? Because not only is tap dance one of my greatest passions, it is a major contributor to my good health. The hours of aerobic exercise I receive each day from tap dancing ultimately became the perfect means to healthy lungs. Thus, as I embarked on my journey to UF, one of my first orders of business was to find a tap dance team. The first week of my first semester in college, I auditioned for UF Stomp the Swamp. I had found my new dance home. I ultimately became the Stomp the Swamp show coordinator for the annual showcase. I also began to choreograph. Finally, I am honored and proud to have been elected as the President of Stomp the Swamp beginning in the fall of 2014. I never imagined so many years ago when I heard the first taps from my own feet, that I would become a president of a performance tap team at a major university. Through tap I acquired the life skills of perseverance, strength and endurance.


Kiersten C.'s Artwork


What does the face of Cystic Fibrosis look like? It is no longer the face of a small sick child as it was many years ago. Today it is the face of a vibrant, thriving, determined person. The face of Cystic Fibrosis in the year 2014 is mine.

Kiersten C.'s Achievements

  • “Dance for a Difference" breast cancer awareness annual event, Volunteer & dance class instructor (2010 – Present)
  • Toys for Tots volunteer & coordinator of toy collections (2010 – Present)
  • University of Florida Honors Program (2012 – Present)
  • University of Florida Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law (2012 – Present); Executive Board Member (Fall 2013 – Present); Community Service Director (Fall 2013 – Spring 2014); Law Admissions Director Elect (Fall 2014)
  • Gainesville Boys and Girls Club, Volunteer (2012 – Present)
  • Bread of the Almighty Food Bank Gainesville, Volunteer (sort and box food for distribution) (2012 – Present)
  • University of Florida "Stomp the Swamp" Tap Performance Team (2012 – Present); Show Director (Spring 2014); Choreographer (Spring 2014); President Elect (Fall 2014)
  • University of Florida Donate Life (an affiliate of Donate Life Florida) (2012 – Present); President (2013 – Present)
  • University of Florida, Admissions Ambassador (2013 – Present)
  • University of Florida Chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society (2013 – Present)