Grace N.

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."

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become, the hours of practice, the coaches who pushed you, is the little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back…play for her.” This quote by soccer star, Mia Hamm, perfectly captures for me an important experience that shaped my life journey—a journey also impacted by Cystic Fibrosis (CF). My brother, Taylor, is seven years older than me, so, as you might imagine, from early on, I was brought along to his activities. He was into sports, including basketball. It was sitting court-side, watching him jump and shoot, admiring his agility, cheering him on, that instilled in me a passion for the game. In my little-girl mind, I thought, if he can do it, so can I. Subsequently, I spent hours shooting hoops with him and my Dad in the backyard and I’ve played basketball, lots of basketball, ever since. I’ve become quite good at it—even winning awards. Through it all, medication and treatments have been part of my daily routine but CF has not prevented me from achieving anything I have wanted to accomplish. Indeed, this disease affects people in hundreds of different ways and I am very fortunate that I have never needed to be hospitalized but I also think a determination of spirit was awakened in me on the basketball court. It serves me well in my sport and in my life because I have no intention of settling ever for anything less than the best.


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Grace N.'s Achievements

  • Treasurer French National Honor Society
  • National Honor Society Member 2016-2017
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • SADD Member (Students against Dangerous Decisions) 4 yrs
  • 2017 Geibel High School Homecoming Queen
  • Penn State University 4.0 Club 34 Credits Dual Enrollment
  • 4 Yr Letter Winner and Starter Varsity Basketball, Team Captain 2016 and 2017 All County All Section and All Area Honors
  • Positive Athlete-Pittsburgh 2017 Volleyball Winner, 3 Year Letter Winner and Starter Volleyball Team Captain 2017 All County All Section Honors
  • Team Captain Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk Grace's Garrison
  • Volunteer Community Breakfasts and Volunteer State Theatre for the Arts and Volunteer Frick Hospital Therapy Dept.