Kailee 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."

The event that has had the greatest personal significance for me is when I had my polypectomy surgery soon after being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2011. When I was growing up, I was unable to breathe normally through my nose because my nasal passages were completely obstructed due to very large polyps. It wasn’t until my parents took me to an ear, nose, and throat specialist that it was recommended I get a sweat chloride test. After the results of that test, everything changed for me. Suddenly, I was introduced to a world of doctors, clinical appointments, and surgery. Before surgery, I couldn’t have imagined how the simplest things such as a sense of smell or the ability to breathe normally would change my life as much as it has. After surgery, I came home to discover that I could breathe and better yet, I could smell and taste! What changed the most was my new found appetite! I was inclined to eat more because food tasted so much better than I could have ever imagined. This greatly impacted my ability to gain weight and significantly improved my health. And because I am able to breathe better, I am able to exercise better. Now, 6 years after my surgery, I am at a healthy weight and I can maintain my health with diet and exercise. Because of Cystic Fibrosis, I am determined to stay healthy and strong and I hope learning about my experience will help others.


Kailee S.'s Artwork

Kailee S.'s Achievements

  • Risk Reduction Education Chair Position - Executive Council for Kappa Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority 2016, 2017
  • Linfield College - Dean's list GPA equivalent to Cum Laude (at least 3.65 GPA) 2015, 2016, 2017
  • National Honors Society 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Linfield College Digital Repository Assistant 2015-Present: Part-time employment organizing and maintaining the digital reference repository for Linfield College.
  • Rogue Credit Union Student Bank Teller 2013, 2014, 2015: After school and full-time summer employment working as a bank teller for Rogue Credit Union.
  • On-Campus Student Bank Manager 2013, 2014, 2015: Responsible for running the student banking branch on campus. Recognition Award and $500 College Scholarship.
  • Asante Community Hospital Internship Program 2015: One of 4 students selected to participate with the opportunity to work and gain experience in a hospital environment alongside staff in various departments.
  • Volunteer - Home Grown Project 2016: Goal is to support fresh food access by providing resources, education, and support necessary for families to grow sustainably for themselves.
  • Volunteer - Linda Vista Assisted Living Rehabilitation Center 2013, 2014: Facilitated activities for senior residents including crafts, entertainment, reading groups, and pet visits.
  • Member and volunteer - Knit Wits Club 2013, 2014, 2015: Community service project "Caps for Kids" & "The Bear Project."