Haley C.

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."

When looking back on the past 25 years and having to pick one event that was most impactful on my journey with CF, it would have to be my birth. Without me being born, how would I have a journey? On June 11, 1999, at 9:29 PM, I began my fight against CF. I was transported to a children’s hospital and had emergency surgery at only 24 hours old. I spent the next sixteen days fighting to get better. As I grew up, my mom always said to me, "Don't let CF define you, define CF." My parents have always encouraged me to learn about CF and how it affects me. They never treated me like a "sick kid". I was just a girl who had to do respiratory treatments and take pills when I ate. However, the amount of time it takes to complete my treatments adds stress to my life. Being away from home seems to be the hardest time. Making sure that I did not forget any of my medications or pieces to my vest or nebulizer is constantly going through my mind. Because I have continued to be compliant with my treatments, I have not been admitted to the hospital for any cystic fibrosis related problems. I consider myself very lucky. I hope that this continues as I transition from high school to college in the fall. I want to show the world how I define CF as CURE FOUND not Cystic Fibrosis through art.


Haley C.'s Artwork

Haley C.'s Achievements

  • Art Club: Joined Freshman year; 2013-2017; Superintendents’ Art Galley 2016; President 2016-2017
  • National Art Honor Society: Inducted in Sophomore Year; 2014-2017; Treasurer 2016-2017; Atlanta Art Throwdown 2017 - 4th place
  • National Spanish Honor Society: Inducted in Junior Year; 2015-2017
  • Volleyball: Played all 4 years in high school; 2013-2017; Varsity Captain 2016
  • Youth Leadership Henry: One of 40 students accepted for this activity in Henry County, GA; Involvement: I became a member of Youth Leadership Henry when I was a sophomore in high school. Two Saturdays a month we would go to a government owned building and learn about how to get involved with leadership. We went to multiple different buildings and met a multitude of people such as: We went to the jail, the capital, the courthouse, and we participated in multiple team building exercises.
  • Great Strides Walk for CFF: Most Valuable Team Leader 2010, Super Strider (last 10 years); Involvement: Team Leader with my mom for the past 7 years. We have participated with this walk since I was 1 year old. Our team has raised over $50,000. I help coordinate the team and design each year’s t-shirt for our team.
  • Truett's Grill: Part-time work (15-24 hours a week); Self-Serve Team Member