Madison C.

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."

If I could give one piece of inspirational advice to others with CF entering high school or college, I would tell them that CF is a condition you battle, but it doesn't define who you are. Too often young people with CF are told that "you can't do that" or "you can't be this." I was told I couldn't be a nurse because of my CF, and two weeks before my classes in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Appalachian State University began, I was admitted to the ICU. For a moment, it seemed the naysayers were right. But I knew I was destined to care for others, because I understand what it means to be a patient.

While in the hospital, I worked closely with my care team to return to baseline health and was discharged the day before classes began. I returned to school exhausted and covered in bruises from failed IV lines; however, I found a way to be successful and earned a place on the Dean's list. Some days, it felt like I was losing the battle, but I refused to let CF take my dreams. Today, I am approaching my senior year and will graduate in May 2016. It's not always easy. CF is a formidable opponent, but no matter how big and strong it is... I'm bigger and stronger. Let CF motivate you to be more than everyone says you are allowed to be. Be the person of your dreams.


Madison C.'s Artwork

Madison C.'s Achievements

  • Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority, Fundraising and Recreation Board Member (2011-2014)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation, Scholarship Recipient (2011-2015)
  • Dean's List Nursing Student (2011-2015)
  • Gamma Beta Phi Honor's Fraternity, Member (2014-2015)
  • Great Strides Wilkesboro, Team Leader (2014)
  • AbbVie CF Scholarship, Recipient (2014)
  • Appalachian Fund Call Center, Representative (2011-2014)
  • J. Crew, Sales Associate (2011-2014)
  • Appalachian State University, Chemistry and Human Microbiology Tutor (2014)
  • Private Home-Health, Care Provider (2015)