Travis H.

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."

Four years ago I was lying in a hospital bed waiting for the doctors to make their rounds. Up until this moment I never knew how much Cystic Fibrosis was destroying my body until the doctors came in with an X-ray of my lungs showing the damage that covered a large majority of my right lung.

I will never get this part of my lung back and I could not get this image out of my head. God heard my heart crying and sent me Michelle. Michelle instantly showed me the light. Fighting won't get rid of the scarring, but it can prevent future scarring and damage so that I can continue to breathe for another day. I soon found out Michelle is extremely passionate about volunteering to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and even got me to become as passionate as I was about fighting Cystic Fibrosis as I was as a kid. Without Michelle being so passionate about finding a cure, I'm not sure if I'd be here today.

My creative presentation is a way to express my struggles. Growing up all I wanted was to be normal yet, I spent most of my time in the hospital where puzzles became my main hobby. Breathing is something most people take for granted, but seeing the yellow airways represents my dream to have clear and open airways. The presentation represents a puzzle that is in need of a cure in order for it to be complete.


Travis H.'s Artwork

Travis H.'s Achievements

  • Beater on the Ohio State Quidditch League (2013-current)
  • Treasurer for the Ohio State Quidditch League (2015-2016)
  • Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk
  • Disney College Program (2014-2015)
  • Starbucks (2015-current)
  • Spanish Translator during Disney College Program
  • DAR Good Citizen Award
  • In 2015, I had artwork selected to be presented in the Museum of Biological Diversity
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2013-current)
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award (2012)