Kallie K.

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."

Advice for Students with Cystic Fibrosis (CF)...

As a recent high school graduate, I know that being a teenager is difficult. As if being a teenager is not hard enough, I also have Cystic Fibrosis. My overall high school experience was fun, but there were definitely days of doubt. To others with CF entering high school, I say: exercise, get involved, find friends and live life to the fullest. Being part of the cheer, softball, track and basketball teams kept me healthier and led to good friendships. If you are not interested in sports, I would encourage you to get involved in some other activities. This is a way to have fun without thinking about pills, treatments, doctor visits and other aspects of Cystic Fibrosis. Sharing my story with my friends helped me have a better high school experience. True friends will understand the constraints of the disease, tolerate the issues, and help you cope. One final piece of advice I give to other Cystic Fibrosis patients is to live life to the fullest. Do not let others limit you, only you can limit yourself. Give your all to everything you do. Love, laugh, be silly, cry, get mad, and forgive. All these things helped me feel normal and get through the day. Do not use CF as an excuse not to try, but as a reason to work harder. At the end of the day accomplishing your goals is a rewarding feeling that motivates you to keep fighting.


Kallie K.'s Artwork

Kallie K.'s Achievements

  • 4-H - Livestock Showmanship, Judging, and Junior Leadership, Forestry Judging, Wildlife Judging, Modeling Squad, Club Congress, Photography, and GDBA Wildlife Olympics Team-Captain, 1st place team 2012 & 2013.
  • School Activities - Senior Class President, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Outdoor Class Room, Cystic Fibrosis Walk 2015, Earth Day Celebration and Senior Class Play.
  • Community Service - Relay for life, Teddy Bears for Blair E. Batson 2012 and 2013, Christmas Family, South Delta Community College's Cystic Fibrosis Walk, Rachael's Heart Foundation, Volunteer for Adopt a Pet, Deer Creek Cleanup, Earth Day Celebrations, Rolling Fork Garden Club Beautification Projects, and Great Delta Bear Affair.
  • Sports - Cheer-Captain 2015, All American Nominee 2012, 13, 14, 15. Softball-Captain 2015, SIA Most Valuable Offense 2014 and 2015. Basketball-Captain 2015, Most Improved 2012, All District 2015, All District Tournament team 2014 and 2015, North State Tournament Team 2014, SIA Most Valuable Offence 2014 and 2015. Track.
  • School Academics - Headmaster List (All As) 2013, 2014, and 2015. Highest Average English II 2013, English III 2014, Biology II 2014 and Spanish I 2014. Science Fair District Winner 2012, SIA Representative in Biology I, Biology II and Chemistry I ABC Contest 2012, 13, and 14. Envirothon Team Captain 2015, 1st Place District 2014, 2nd Place District 2015.
  • Work and volunteer experience - Gardening, Yard Work, Farm Work, Babysitting, Volunteered at Delta Animal Clinic and Shadowed the Vet there and Dr Julia Niper.