Stephen P.

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."

Being selected as the "Rookie Athlete of the Year" prior to my sophomore year in high school was easily the most rewarding experience of my young CF life. The award is annually awarded at the Rose Ball in CT to the CF patient that has demonstrated outstanding athletic performance while dealing with their health issues. For nearly ten years, I struggled through ups and downs as an athlete and a CF patient. I dealt with many things that people without CF did not have to deal with; I always wondered if my disease would hold me back. I would get knocked down from a plug in my chest, and land in the hospital. Then with a little determination, I would rise up again as my warm blades melted through the cold ice. Hockey was the inspiration I needed to wake up and take my treatments every morning. I know that my ability to stay healthy and stay on the ice with my team is proportionally related. For as many times as CF knocked me down, I have risen to the challenge and skated away from the sickness. The "Rookie Athlete of the Year" award symbolizes a major victory for me as an athlete because it proves that CF cannot hold me back athletically; I will still meet my goals despite the added obstacles. After the Rose Ball, I have continued both athletic and health success as I am now a member of a division two collegiate hockey program.


Stephen P.'s Artwork


My presentation is designed to not only share my story with the given audience but also help me understand how I arrived at my current state. Throughout my long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, I have evolved from a shy, private patient into a proud, confident individual. Fortunately, my time volunteering with the CF Foundation has helped me blossom into the man I am today. Hopefully other patients can here my story through this Prezi and find a way to incorporate volunteer work into their daily lives in order to flourish as patients, friends, students, and family members.

Stephen P.'s Achievements

  • Most Improved Player Sophomore year on the Men's Varsity Ice Hockey team at Loomis Chaffee (2010)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Rookie Athlete of the Year (2010)
  • Honor Roll Student at Loomis Chaffee (2010 – 2013)
  • Dedicated Service Award winner for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2012)
  • Loomis Chaffee, Leader of the Learn to Skate Program (2012 – 2013)
  • Golden Buoy (symbol for hardest worker) Award Winner for the Varsity Ice Hockey team at Loomis Chaffee (2013)
  • Varsity Ice Hockey team at Loomis Chaffee, Captain (2013)
  • Dean's List Honors at Assumption College (2013 – 2014)
  • Assumption College, Honor Student Inductee (2014)