Lauren B.

Graduate Recipient



"Life can be a series of challenges or opportunities depending on how you approach it. As you enter adulthood, how have you conquered a difficult task to turn it into an opportunity? As part of your essay, please explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."


Each difficult experience in my life has been an opportunity for growth. Entering the workforce after college, I faced the challenge of incorporating daily running into my busy routine. Though I knew exercise played an important role in my health, it was difficult to find the motivation to run after a busy day of work and a long commute. I said "I can't" After experiencing significant health problems from sacrificing my runs for traffic-filled commutes in the car and lazy evenings on the couch, I decided, in order to motivate myself and hold myself accountable, I would train for a 7 mile race and fundraise for cystic fibrosis. What was a challenge became an opportunity. Training for the race gave me something to look forward to and, most importantly, it gave me a purpose. My creative presentation is a fundraising video I created when training for the race. I wanted to use my words, pictures, and videos to portray the importance of this journey. A friend produced the music, and I used my video editing skills to meld my experiences of that year into something powerful. I wanted people to know that each run represented a larger fight for all individuals who have cystic fibrosis. Now, over a year later, since training for that race, I make no excuses. I run on my lunch breaks, in the sun, the snow, or the rain. I run to fight back and prove to CF that "I can't" isn't in my vocabulary.

 

Lauren B.'s Artwork

Lauren B.'s Achievements

  • Current - Human Resources Coordinator, Education Development Center (non-profit) 2014-Present
  • Diversity Committee Member - Lead and organized donation drive and volunteer trip to Cradles to Crayons, a local non-profit dedicated to helping children in need in the community 2014-Present
  • Blogger - Authors the blog "I Have CF, So What?!" ihavecfsowhat.blogspot.com written to inspire people with CF to incorporate exercise into their lives, talk to parents of children with CF about exercise and raising children with a chronic illness, serve a positive role model for children with CF and promote the importance of compliance and a positive attitude for all patients. Present
  • Business Office Manager, Carriage House at Lee's Farm (Senior Living Community) 2012-2014
  • Internship Committee Member - worked on a team to organize a comprehensive internship program for local college students to gain experience in the Senior Living Industry 2012-2014
  • Stonehill College Moreau Honors Student - Selected to take a rigorous array of honors level courses based on my academic achievement 2009-2013
  • Lambda Epsilon Sigma - Stonehill College Honor Society 2013
  • Upsilon Phi Delta - Healthcare Administration National Honor Society 2013
  • Volunteer/Leader - HOPE Alternative Spring Break Program - lead a group of 40 students in semester long planning, fundraising, and social justice awareness culminating in a week long service trip to New Orleans, LA to build houses with the St. Bernard Project 2013
  • Tutor - School on Wheels - tutored students impacted by homelessness 2009-2012