Travis H.

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."

Living with Cystic Fibrosis has made a huge impact on me, but it is far from negative. Being an inspiration for, not only people living with Cystic Fibrosis, but also any other person that has heard my story. My purpose in life is to inspire others with the desire to serve and I live through that everyday.

High school was one of the toughest times for me throughout my battle, but it has also allowed me to grow the most. There is so much drama and bullying that happens in high school and overcoming that is only step one. My biggest battle in life is my next breath and I could not let someone who wanted to make fun of my weight, medication, or body mass get in the way. Now looking back on it, I want to inspire others of all diseases and conditions that they are not battling alone. Standing together as one Ohana is the dedication and support one needs to survive any battle, whether it be high school or college.

School is only the beginning of my lifelong journey while battling Cystic Fibrosis. I strive to live the most abnormal life possible, because living with Cystic Fibrosis is far from normal. Growing up I focused on trying to "fit in" and be "normal," but I recently realized that battling Cystic Fibrosis is everything but normal.

My creative presentation shows how being abnormal is unique in its own way. It does not matter what anyone else thinks.


Travis H.'s Artwork

Travis H.'s Achievements

  • Disney College Program Participant (2014-2015)
  • Ohio State Quidditch League Treasurer (2015)
  • Ohio State Quidditch League Player (since 2013)
  • Panda Express (since 2011)
  • Fluent in Spanish/translator during my Disney College Program
  • Volunteer/Fundraise at The Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk (Annually)
  • Volunteer at the Johnstown Animal Shelter/Humane Society (since 2011)
  • Food Safety Ambassador for Panda Express in the Great Lakes Region (since 2014)
  • DAR Good Citizen Award (2013)
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award (2012)