Spencer S.

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."

Don't let cystic fibrosis get in the way of your dreams! If a college degree is part of your plan, this disease should not stop you from achieving that goal. If you want to dance or run marathons or create or act or travel, then go and do it! You can! It might not be easy, but living with CF has probably never been easy. Managing the handfuls of pills, the breathing treatments, therapies, doctor visits, illnesses, hospitalizations and the uncertainty of CF can be quite challenging. Adding a new set of challenges that college presents might appear overwhelming, but with extra planning and flexibility you will be successful in managing these too. The necessary strength comes from within - the desire to achieve what you want! Yes, CF is a huge part of our lives, but it should neither define us nor stop us from living life full-throttle and chasing our dreams. Keep reaching for the stars!

Regarding my creative presentation, although I refuse to let CF get in the way of my goals, life would be a whole lot easier without the demands, relentlessness and uncertainty of this disease. Thus I dream of the day we will find a cure for all those afflicted with CF. As the great Walt Disney once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." I'm dreaming of a cure in my lifetime and I'll continue to do whatever I can to help achieve that.


Spencer S.'s Artwork

Spencer S.'s Achievements

  • Beta Alpha Psi Member, Northeastern University. Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and is highly regarded in the professional world. 2014, 2015.
  • National Honor Society, Simsbury High School, 2013, 2014.
  • AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Issued by the College Board's Advanced Placement Program in recognition of exemplary college-level achievement on Advanced Placement Program Examinations. 2014.
  • Placed Third in Connecticut in a Future Business Leaders of America competition for Accounting 2. 2014.
  • Treasurer, Future Business Leaders of America, Simsbury High School, 2013, 2014.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer. Actively participated in various charity events by speaking at fundraisers, soliciting donations and setting up the annual walk to raise funds. Received the 2012 Outstanding Youth Award from the Foundation. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
  • Crafts4Charities. In April of 2012, created a not-for-profit business called Crafts4Charities with the purpose of selling donated artwork such as paintings, drawings, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, and sculptures and giving 100% of the sales directly to four charities - the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer Association, and National Spinal Cord Injury Association. Raised more than $10,000 for these charities. Created a website to help facilitate sales. Called a "modern day hero" in a Natural Awakenings Magazine article written about me and my Crafts4Charities business venture. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
  • Temporary Clerk, State of Connecticut, Department of Revenue Services, Audit Division. Hired as part of a team to locate businesses and individuals who moved and are delinquent on paying taxes by using the Department's Integrated Tax Administration database, Google, emails and phone calls. Once located, verified addresses and confirmed whether or not businesses still existed. 2014.
  • Intramural Basketball, Northeastern University. Formed and captained a team. 2014, 2015.
  • Badminton Team, Simsbury High School. Earned Varsity Letters. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.