Katie 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."

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" -Jon Kabat Zinn. Not only did I actually learn to surf in Hawaii before high school, I learned to metaphorically ride the waves that high school and college would later send my way. Freshmen year of high school, I met many new faces, many of whom became close friends. I ended up in the "swimmers" crowd. Most of my friends were on the swimming and water polo team and not only did I support them, I wanted to join them. When I inquired about the rules of water polo, my friends almost laughed in my face saying I would never be able to play. Telling me about grueling 2-3 hour practices of swimming, and treading water did not entice me but being able to say I play water polo with Cystic Fibrosis did. I conditioned myself the next few weeks and showed up to try outs ready to play. It kicked my butt. I was out of breath exhausted, but I made the team! Sure, I spent most of the games cheering from the bench but I was a part of something that people didn't believe I could be. Don't ever give up. Don't ever let anyone laugh at you and tell you that you can't. I was not the best, I never wanted to be. I wanted to show myself that I can do anything. I can't stop CF from challenging me, but I will challenge it back.


Katie K.'s Artwork

Katie K.'s Achievements

  • Campaign Prospect Researcher at The Morton Arboretum, January 2014 - July 2014
  • Players Sports and Social Group at North Ave Beach, "CLK" Volleyball Team Member, Summers 2011-2013, 2015
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Volunteer and Development Department Intern, 2011-2013.
  • Student Newspaper, "The Independent" Sports Staff Writer, 2012-2013
  • Phi Alpha Theta Honors Fraternity, 2011-2013