One person that has made a tremendous impact on my life and my battle with CF has been my cross country coach, Tony. When I was in sixth grade, I was an out of shape, pudgy, wheezy kid who needed to improve his health. I would go down to the trails in the summer and attempt to run the two or three miles coach asked me to, albeit slowly. I hated every minute on the trail but stuck with it, and that decision changed my life. Coach took me under his wing and led me to become the runner and the man I am today. He's spent multiple days after practice helping me even further, pushing me harder to help my lung function rise to that of a person without CF. I'll be the first to admit that I'm nowhere close to being the best runner out there, but through his expert guidance and compassionate coaching I've been fortunate enough to run in three state championship races and left with two team state championships. He is always proud of me, whether my race was my best or my not-so-best. Tony has been a major role model in my life, and a person I strive to be like every day.
My creative presentation is me on Mt. Phillips, 11742 feet up after backpacking nearly 2 weeks in the New Mexico backcountry, a feat I accomplished after I decided to take control over CF and not let it take control of me.
Robert H.'s Artwork
Robert H.'s Achievements