February 11 2009

Brian Johnson

“Dream big. Ride free. Breathe easy.”
 
I grew up in Southern Georgia, one of three boys, and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of seven in 1979. I owe much of my determination and my health to my brothers, who never treated me differently and always encouraged me to participate in athletics. I played baseball, basketball, and soccer, and have always been a huge football fan. The main difference I saw in myself compared to other kids my age was that I had to grow up quickly and remain compliant in order to avoid the hospital.
 
I eventually earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Valdasta State University where I met my wife, Christie. I am now a father to a beautiful daughter and, in spite of certain difficulties, feel blessed every day.
 
During a recent dark time in my life, I discovered something new – something that changed me. I started riding motorcycles and it has become a both a passion and a mission. I started an organization called “CF Riders” and our mission is to ride cross-country while spreading a message of inspiration and hope: that no one is bound by CF. My wife, my daughter, and I are taking the journey together with the goal of gaining followers and spreading my message far and wide.
 
My calling in life is to spread awareness and positivity while doing something I love. I know we will one day find a cure, and it is my hope that my organization can help real that goal. CF has never and will never hold me back.
 
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Pastime: Baseball
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
One Word That Describes You: Perseverance
Role Models: Ronnie Sharpe and Jerry Cahill
Dream Vacation: Australia
You can find Brian on... Facebook, Twitter, cysticfibrosis.com and CFsocial.net