Kailee S.

Undergraduate Recipient

"What inspirational advice would you give to others with CF entering high school or college? As part of your essay, please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

Being a high school student with a recent Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis was a significant challenge. Suddenly, at fourteen years old, my whole life changed. Teens with CF entering high school should know that nothing can take away your goals for the future. Attitude is everything. There were times when I struggled to cope with a disease the doctors told me I always had but I had just discovered. Sometimes, it became overwhelming and I realized I had to find an outlet that I could go to. This was when I discovered my passion for Crochet. It took one tutorial on YouTube and suddenly, whenever I was feeling stressed or anxious, I would start a project that I could immerse myself in. It started as a hobby, but soon became a therapeutic instrument. When I sit down with my yarn and hooks and begin crocheting, nothing else is on my mind. I can focus on what is right in front of me and find a relaxing, rhythmic state of mind. When I finish a project, I feel like I have accomplished something, and that makes me feel so much better. The best advice I can give a high school student with CF is find your creative outlet. Something you can go to when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed; an activity you can throw yourself into and only focus on that one thing. My crochet helped me to get healthy so that CF doesn't control my life, I do.


Kailee S.'s Artwork

Kailee S.'s Achievements

  • Rogue Credit Union-Student Teller - June 2013 to Present.
  • Complete complex teller transactions with speed and accuracy.
  • Uncover cross-sell opportunities with current customers.
  • Build deeper relationships with members by taking an active interest in their daily lives.
  • Seek out new ways to encourage high school students to open Rogue Credit Union accounts.
  • Linda Vista Assisted Living & Rehabilitation Center Volunteer -June 2012 to March 2014
  • Contributing over 95 hours of service in the care and nurturing of our senior community.
  • Facilitating activities including crafts, entertainment, reading groups, pet visits, and movies.
  • Developing friendships and trusting relationships with senior residents.
  • Enhancing the quality of life of residents and contributing to a positive and lively atmosphere.
  • Science Works Museum Volunteer and Summer Intern - June 2011 to September 2012
  • Contributed over 125 hours of service as an exhibit interpreter and teaching assistant.
  • Provided essential services and a unique experience for visitors of all ages.
  • Assisted with school groups and special events, facilitated and presented hands-on activities.
  • Utilized important safety protocols ensuring youth safety concerning harmful chemicals.
  • Santos Community Center Volunteer and "Leader in Training" - June 2011 to August 2011
  • Contributed over 100 hours of service in assisting community youth programs.
  • Gained valuable experience as a "leader in training" working with camp counselors.
  • Actively participated and helped supervise the safety of youths of various ages.
  • Set a good example and led with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Relay For Life Volunteer & Marathon Walk, 2014-2015.
  • High School Grizzly Branch Student Manager - 2013-Present
  • Responsible for running the student banking branch on campus.
  • National Honors Society Membership Award - 2013-2014
  • Knit Whits Club - 2012 - 2014
  • Community Service Projects - "Caps for Kids" & "The Bear Project"
  • Received Recognition Award from the Science Works Museum for participating and completing 125+ hours of volunteer service working in structured youth camps and as an interpreter through exhibits and hands-on activities, 2011-2012.
  • Received Recognition Award from Santos Community Center for contributing over 100 hours as a volunteer and intern as a camp counselor assistant for youths ages 4-12, 2011.