Francis S.

Undergraduate Recipient



"In honor of the 25th anniversary of the AbbVie CF Scholarship, choose an event (personal or cultural/historical) from the past 25 years and describe how it has impacted your journey with CF."


In 2007 I joined an organization that highly impacted my journey with Cystic Fibrosis, the Boy Scouts of America or BSA. At the time, I was only a Cub Scout, but nevertheless, I had started my Scouting journey. In my 5th grade year, I crossed over from Cub Scout to fully fledged Boy Scout. As a Cub Scout, you were only expected to play with friends, take cool classes like shooting, and just have fun; however, Boy Scouts was different. The BSA required you to be more responsible, physically fit, and mentally stronger. This was more applicable the longer you stayed active. Activity impacted me the most, particularly because of my Cystic Fibrosis. Scouting was always harder for me than my peers, as they didn’t have the physical limitations that CF had put in place for me. The hardest thing I remember doing is hiking 20 miles that required me to bring a backpack full of water and snacks to keep up my energy. Through Scouting, I learned valuable life skills and brotherhood. I learned how to better take care of myself, be a leader, and better manage my Cystic Fibrosis. All the physical activity kept my lung function up way above average CF patients my age. Because of this, I stayed with scouts until I reached the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014. This was huge for me, because only 4 percent of Scouts make Eagle. Scouts with Cystic Fibrosis make up less than 1 percent of all Scouts.

 

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Francis S.'s Achievements

  • Eagle Scout 2014
  • Battalion Executive Officer of Alexandria Senior High School's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps 2016
  • Drill Team Co-Commander 2016
  • Cyber Patriot's Commander 2015-2016
  • Supply Non-commissioned Officer for high school's MCJROTC 2014
  • Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 431 2013-2014
  • Computer Sales Consultant at Best Buy 2016-2017
  • Manager at Jimmy John's 2016
  • Dean's List Freshman Year Fall and Spring 2016/2017 Semesters Louisiana State University at Alexandria
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Award Recipient 2013