Jared T.

Undergraduate Recipient

"As you pursue your dreams of higher education, describe what changes you would like to see in the CF community. What steps would you take to initiate these changes?"

“You’re only going to live to probably around 16-20.” From childhood, this sentiment loomed over my head. But where a lot of people might see that as a pretty negative outlook, I chose the route of positivity. It became this chip I carried on my shoulder. How much could I achieve in spite of this? How far could I go? My goal for the CF community is to shift this mindset of our battle for everyone. Sure, living with this illness is all at once frightening, painful, and challenging. However, as my most influential mentor has said, it’s our reality, not our excuse. That may sound a little brash, but let me explain. We have this one life to live. This is all we get! What we make of it is our choice, it’s not something that’s decided for us by our disease. To bring about this shift, I’ve decided to live as an example. To be the change I wish to see among my Cysters and Fibros. I choose every day to live my life to the fullest. To set personal goals for myself that seem out of my grasp, and then fight tooth and nail to bring my efforts to fruition. I want us all to feel enabled and empowered. To realize that we’re capable of anything. I mean, we already conquer our battles with CF on a daily basis. What could be more difficult than that?


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Jared T.'s Achievements

  • Soloist for Spirit of Atlanta World Class Drum and Bugle Corps, 2016-2017, Section Leader in 2017. Educational Staff 2018.
  • Member of the Executive Committee for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Parliamentarian, 2017-2018, Webmaster 2018
  • Member of Jacksonville State University Chamber Winds, top wind ensemble, 2015-2017
  • Member of Downbeat Award Winning JSU Jazz I Big Band 2016-2018
  • Member of JSU Marching Southerners 2014-2016, as well as various other small ensembles.
  • Volunteer for Ohatchee High School Marching Band
  • Soloist for Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps, 2014-2015
  • Teach marching bands and trumpet lessons in Georgia and Alabama, 2014-2018
  • Freelance trumpet player for gigs across the southeast 2014-2018
  • Eagle Scout