Zach 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."

When I was in fifth grade, I was asked to be a part of a study for a new medication for Cystic Fibrosis. I was one of the first people in the world to be able to take this new medication. This new medication was said to have the potential of greatly helping many of those that live with Cystic Fibrosis. Before taking this medication my struggle with Cystic Fibrosis was much more difficult than it is today. I especially struggled with weight gain and only scored in the eighties on my pulmonary function tests. After being on this medication for only two years I was ten inches taller, forty pounds heavier, and blowing well over one hundred on my pulmonary function tests. Being on this medication has allowed me to do things that I never would have thought possible. In high school I was able to be a part of cross country and track and was even able to run a half marathon. I was also able to stop taking two medications that were originally a part of my daily routine. If I was never able to take this medication I would not be where I am today. I will be forever grateful to have been a part of a study for this new medication that has the potential of greatly helping many people living with Cystic Fibrosis live longer and healthier lives.


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Zach D.'s Achievements

  • Point University Dean's List, 2016
  • Point University Student Government Association Freshman Representative, 2016
  • Shenandoah Ministerial Association Christian Leadership Award, 2016
  • Shenandoah High School Senior Class President, 2015-2016
  • Davis-Rodgers FFA Chapter President, 2015-2016
  • Shenandoah High School Cross Country Leadership Award, 2015
  • Point University Campus Life Minister, 2017-2018
  • Hawkeyes 10 Conference Character Award, 2016
  • National Honor Society, 2014-2016
  • Great Strides Walker/Fundraiser with Zach's Pack, 2002-present