Rachel D.

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."

As for inspirational advice, I would like to say to never back down from your goals. Having CF is hard but it's something that you have to press on with. You don't have to change your plans for the future just because you have CF; CF may be a part of you, but it doesn't define you. At one point choosing where I wanted to go to college was difficult. The battle was in my mind whether to stay closer to home because of my condition or to follow my dreams and go to the college I've been wanting to go to my whole life. I realized that I shouldn't let my disease bring me down because I have a great support system such as my parents and doctors who are willing to make things work for me. My creative presentation is a collage with photos of my self showing different stages of my life while growing up with CF. I would have never made it this far without the love and support of my family members who always told me to "Learn from the past, live for today, work for the future." Which is the inspiring quote that is shown on my collage. I hope one day I can be an inspiration to others that continue to live with CF, and let them know that it is possible to achieve your goals and aspirations with a little faith and hard work!


Rachel D.'s Artwork

Rachel D.'s Achievements

  • CGA National Cheer Competition (1st place) (2014-2015)
  • Student Council (Senior Representative, full time) (2014-2015)
  • National Honors Society (excellence award) (2012-2015)
  • Presidential Fitness Award (2012-2013)
  • Homecoming Court (senior representative) (2014-2015)
  • Softball Tapps All District (Newcomer of the year) (2012-2013)
  • Cheer Captain (2011-2012)
  • Softball All State Honorable mention (2012-2013)
  • Employment: Cheddars restaurant (server) (June 4, 2014-Current)
  • Track (leadership award) (2015)