Kelsey D.

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."

New Year’s Day, 2016, was the defining day in my fight against Cystic Fibrosis. On July 2, 2015, a new CF drug was approved by the Federal Drug Administration. My family was excited that this drug would be a miracle. My doctor’s, however, wouldn’t let me try it because they weren’t impressed with the trial results and it was very expensive. My parents pleaded that the drug was covered by my insurance plan and maybe it would help me. My doctor’s decided to let me try it and, on New Year’s Day, I had my first dose. Prior to the new drug, my lung function and energy level were slowly declining. I had multiple hospital stays along with many rounds of IV antibiotics. I played sports, like softball, for many years but I just couldn’t get through the grueling high school practices and I had to quit. After sixteen months on the new drug my life is amazing. I’ve gained twenty pounds and my pulmonary function tests are off the charts. I haven’t had a hospital stay, or needed antibiotics, and I’ve never had so much energy in my life. I haven’t played sports in high school but six months ago I began training for a summertime 5K run. I’m also looking forward to joining the intramural basketball league when I’m at college. A part-time summer job is also in the near future. I no longer have any fears about what I can, and can’t, do because of my health.


Kelsey D.'s Artwork

Kelsey D.'s Achievements

  • National Honor Society 2016, 2017
  • Science Honor Society 2016, 2017
  • Spanish Honor Society 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Wolcott High School Community Service Club 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Wolcott High School Math Club 2014 - 2017
  • CF Great Strides Fundraiser 2014-2017
  • Wolcott Lions - Leo's Club, 2014-2017
  • St Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter, volunteer, 2014-2017
  • Leo's Club Regional Leadership Conference, Wolcott representative, 2017
  • Bristol Food Pantry, volunteer, 2014 - 2017