Club CF 20+

People with CF who are LIVING, BREATHING and SUCCEEDING at 20+ may be in school finishing up their education as an undergraduate or continuing their education in graduate school.

This may be a time when they are sorting out their life, job-hunting, interviewing for a job and jumping into the career world. Reality may be setting in as they start to become more independent and are living on their own, managing money, paying rent and getting proper medical insurance.

The 20’s are a great time to be socializing, networking, starting relationships, exercising and playing sports, as well as figuring out time management and compliance with treatments while working.

If you are one of the many people LIVING, BREATHING and SUCCEEDING with CF, we want to hear from you! Show the world what you have done!
Click here to submit your story. All applicants will receive a CLUB CF t-shirt.

May 20 2010

Kayte Tranel

I am on a mission to use the talents and abilities I’ve been given to the greatest potential. Although I cannot control many aspects of my life, I have a desire to work hard and focus on the things that I am capable of achieving.

I’ve been blessed with some athletic ability, which complements having CF. My goals as an athlete give me motivation to be compliant with my CF therapies. At the same time, being an athlete has become a major component of my care plan, and it has significantly improved my health and quality of life.

Finally, I have a passion for learning, and fortunately, health behavior is a growing area of research with plenty left to discover. I am on a mission as a student and professional to help others value their health and wellness.

My favorite holiday is Christmas because it includes my favorite things: family, a break from school, and my favorite foods – peanut brittle, sugar cookies, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

My role models vary –
My mom epitomizes strength and the ability to endure and overcome challenges. My boyfriend, Lucas – his patience and understanding are qualities I try to emulate. I admire my sister Abby for fearlessly welcoming challenges.

My dream vacation is to ride my bike across a state that I haven’t visited.

May 12 2010

Steve Bell

I was diagnosed with CF when I was three months old. Throughout my life, there were always obstacles or doubts or challenges – some more difficult than others. But it’s not about the challenges; it’s about your attitude, how you overcome, and what you do with what you learned from that experience. Whether it is the diagnosis of CF-related diabetes, overcoming the daily battle, or walking onto the Ithaca College soccer team, I am determined, I fight, and I prevail.

To stay healthy, I am compliant with my treatments and exercise five to six days a week. I enjoy playing soccer and running. I ran the 2009 New York City Marathon and finished in 3:57, achieving my goal of a sub-four-hour marathon. Another example of how – if you put your mind to something – there’s nothing that can stop you.

Today, I am 26. I am happy, healthy, and living life to the fullest.

My favorite…
Holiday is Thanksgiving
Food is a bagel with cream cheese
Color is blue
Pastime is playing soccer

My nickname is… Little Guy or Steve-O.
My friends and family would say that I am determined.
I admire anyone and everyone who lives each day to the fullest.
My dream vacation is to go to the World Cup.

June 08 2009

Meranda Honaker

“We always have to have hope that things will work out in a good way.”

When I was eight months old, I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Growing up in the heat of North Carolina, I lived a normal, active childhood. Living with CF became more challenging during my late teenage years when I developed CF-related diabetes. I have been able to overcome the most difficult days by maintaining a positive attitude, following my doctors’ orders, and most importantly, by being as physically active as possible.

During my years as a high school student at New Hope Academy, I learned the importance of routine exercise and being compliant with my healthcare. By participating in routine physical activities such as tennis, swimming, and jogging on the treadmill daily, I have more energy, less stress, and an overall improvement in my ability to lead a full life.

Now, I am 26 years old, and I continue to put my healthcare first. Currently, I am a full-time online college student and am working toward receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Phoenix in 2012. I hope to use the knowledge I gain in college to educate and encourage other members of the CF community.

My favorite…
Food is Mexican
Movie is The Notebook
Color is Carolina Blue (Go Tar Heels!)
Music is anything I can dance to
My role model is Tiffany Christensen
My dream vacation is to go to Disney World.

January 07 2009

Kurt Zimmerman

I am 21 years old and was born in Pittsburgh, Penn.  When I was young, my family moved to Denver, Colo., but we eventually settled in Sacramento, Calif.  I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of seven after my mother discovered I had nasal polyps.  Growing up, I was always compliant with my treatments, and I enjoy biking to stay healthy. 

I currently attend the University of California - Los Angeles, where I am studying Rocket Science.  I intend to graduate and perhaps pursue a career at NASA.  While I have a busy schedule at school, I still make time to for my treatments.  For example, if I am studying, I use my treatments as a study break.  Or if I am hanging out and watching a movie, I will put my vest on. 

Some of my hobbies include hanging out with friends, skiing, watching movies and of course, my passion; rockets.  I am in the Rocket Club at UCLA, and intend to get an internship in this field while continuing to pursue my degree in Rocket Science. 

My Favorite Holiday is…Christmas
My Favorite Food is… Sushi
My Favorite Movie is… Apollo 13
My Favorite Color is… Green
My role models are my parents.
My dream vacation is to go Skiing in the Canadian Rockies.

January 01 2009

Chad Brown

“No matter what, never give up. It is your life and you only have one, so take charge and do with it what you will.”

I was diagnosed with CF at only one day old. I was always treated differently, babied in many ways. This temporarily helped me cope with my disease; however, it eventually took a negative toll on me. CF really did not affect me until I was about 21 years old. From there, it was all downhill for about four years. As a result of not taking care of myself, I was in and out of the hospital constantly, and eventually put on the transplant list.

Because of insurance issues, I moved to Seattle and my life began to change. With the help of the doctors from the University of Washington Medical Center, I was able to get a new lease on life. Being disciplined with my treatments and exercise made the biggest impact on me because I saw immediate results in my health. I believe that swimming has kept me alive. Starting off barely swimming one lap, I now swim five days a week for about 45 minutes and am feeling great! My FEV1, which at one point were in the high 20s, are now at 58% - I have more energy than ever before.

I am now pursuing a college degree in engineering, working 30 hours a week, involved in a great relationship, and looking ahead to marriage and starting a family. Life is good! 

My favorite holiday is… Thanksgiving.
My favorite food is… chicken.
I love to go to… baseball games.
My favorite movie is… field of dreams.
My favorite type of music is… blues.
My dream vacation would be to go to… Germany.
If my friends and family had to describe me, they would say I am… committed.

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