Spencer S.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Name someone who has been a source of inspiration and support to you as you navigate your journey with CF, and describe this inspiration and support. This role model could be anyone, whether it is a public figure, someone else with CF, and advocate in the CF community, a personal mentor, family member or friend. As part of your essay, please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

Although many people have supported me throughout my life, there is one person who particularly has inspired me in terms of living with cystic fibrosis. That person is Paul Drury, a 50 year old friend with CF. Despite health struggles including lung and kidney transplants, there is no “feeling sorry” for Paul. He has managed to follow the “traditional” path by going away to college, getting a job, maintaining a home and family. He enjoys traveling and adventures of any kind. He is the most fun person I know, turning even small events into celebrations. Instead of focusing on any negative impact, Paul recognizes how CF has enriched his life. He has met and befriended many amazing people through his CF advocacy efforts, including his wife. I admire his success as he works tirelessly fundraising for the CF Foundation. He instilled in me this sense of responsibility, always encouraging me to do whatever I can to help find the cure. He sets an example of the best way to live with CF, to use it to improve yourself and your life.

My PowerPoint attempts to illustrate the philosophy I share with Paul about living with CF. I will not let CF limit or dictate my dreams. Do I wish I didn’t have CF? Of course, but since I can’t change that fact, I will make the best of it, enjoy life, and hopefully develop into a stronger, more compassionate person as I travel this journey.


Spencer S.'s Artwork

Spencer S.'s Achievements

  • Through Northeastern University's Coop program, interned in Ernst & Young's Tax Department assisting in the preparation of federal and state business tax returns. 2016.
  • 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, 2016.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer. Actively participated in various charity events by speaking at fundraisers, soliciting donations and setting up our annual Great Strides Walk to raise funds. Received the 2012 Outstanding Youth Award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 2006 - present.
  • Crafts4Charities. Created and managed 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 American Cancer Society, Alzheimer Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and National Spinal Cord Injury Association. Raised more than $10,000 for charities. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
  • Dean's List, Northeastern University. 2015.
  • National Honor Society and National Business 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.
  • Pre-Calculus Tutor, Simsbury High School. 2013, 2014.
  • Treasurer, Future Business Leaders of America, Simsbury High School. 2013, 2014.
  • Assistant Basketball Coach, YMCA. Helped coach by demonstrating basketball fundamentals, designing offensive plays, developing defenses and emphasizing good sportsmanship. Also coached players with special needs through Unified Sports. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.