Jacob G.

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."

As a person with CF, I am usually “the patient” and my family members are usually “the loved-ones”. The roles changed on April 13th, 2015. While I did math homework, my mom called and said that my dad had a heart attack and was in the hospital. Worried, my grandparents took my sister and I to see him. All things considered, he was okay. The next two days were stressful, but the doctors assured my family that my dad would pull through. By the end of the second day, though, that was not the case. Anticoagulants caused my dad’s brain to hemorrhage and he died. Like I said earlier, up until my dad’s death I had always been “the patient”. Now, I know what it is like to be “the loved-one”. Thus, my perspective on CF is different than before. I not only want to stay healthy and alive for myself, but also for those I love. My health goes beyond just myself, but rather it directly impacts my friends and family too. Thus, I am more motivated to be compliant in my therapies and take care of my health. Additionally, witnessing my dad die has forced me to come to terms with death. Death is inevitable, so instead of living in fear of it, why not pursue my dreams? That way, when I do die, I can be at relative peace knowing that I made the most of my life. My dad did, and so shall I.


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Jacob G.'s Achievements

  • I speak at engagements for hospitals, charitable events, and nonprofits about living with cystic fibrosis, the CF parent/CF patient dynamic, and doctor/patient dynamic. Audience, ranges from 80-1,000 people, is primarily parents of children with cystic fibrosis, doctors, and researchers. Speaking locations/engagements include: 2016 NACFC, Canada (twice), the UK (scheduled for the summer of 2017), Virginia, South Dakota, Texas (twice), and California.
  • Intern at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I looked for metabolic vulnerabilities in acute myeloid leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia. I discovered that chronic myeloid leukemia is vulnerable to bromoacetylcholine in conjunction with miR-155. This compound-miRNA pair has possible therapeutic uses in patients. I also studied fatty-acid oxidation in fibrosarcoma tumors. This summer, I will research pediatric brain cancer as a Lead Intern in the Olson Lab.
  • Eagle Scout and have been in Boy Scouts for 4 years. I have held continuous leadership positions including: Troop Guide, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (twice), Den Chief (twice), Patrol Leader (thrice), and Assistant Patrol Leader. Notable outings include: a 200 mile, two day bike ride from Seattle to Vancouver, Canada and a 100 mile, eleven day hike in the high-desert of New Mexico. I am a member of the Order of the Arrow (Boys Scouts’ honor society).
  • I have participated in robotics through FIRST Robotics (FTC and FRC levels) for four years, where I drive and operate the robot during competitions. Assisted in acquiring grants (worth thousands of dollars) to fund the team. My team placed first (out of thirty-two) in Regionals once, and fourth twice. We made it to State thrice, placed fourth at State once, and placed twelfth at World’s once.
  • Placed second in the 2017 State Math Competition (Team Division) and top fifteen in the 2016 State Math Competition (Topical Problem Division). I qualified for State in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in both the Topical and Team Problem divisions and placed third (out of an unknown number of competitors) in Districts in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in the Topical Problem division.
  • I run track for my school (varsity). Past events include: 4x100m relay, 200m dash, shot put, and discus. Named “Athlete of the Meet” three times. I participate in year round “morning workouts” before school. Advanced to Leagues twice. At leagues, I placed seventh (out of an unknown number of competitors) in the shot put. I was a senior Captain during my senior year of High School.
  • Have volunteered at the Kline Galland Home (a hospice center) for two years, where I help the nurses care for the elderly patients by feeding them, playing games with them, and assisting them in tasks they cannot do for themselves.