Club CF 50+

People with CF who are LIVING, BREATHING and SUCCEEDING at 50+ have beaten the odds!

This may be a time to look for less stressful alternatives in their careers and to take better care of themselves—enjoying more “me” time. They may be motivated by exercising and by complying with medical regimens to live a fuller, healthier life. It is about priorities and knowing one’s limits.

These people are in the process of thinking about the next part of their life … maybe disability and then giving back to the CF community by volunteering.

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.

June 28 2009

Richie Keane

“Exercise has always been and will always be a part of my daily routine.”
I grew up in a tight-knit family of nine kids, three of whom, including me, were born with cystic fibrosis. I had a relatively normal childhood – I was actively involved in sports, like baseball, football, skiing, bowling, and basketball. Because I exercised regularly, I was able to stay out of the hospital for the most part up until I was a freshman in college. Severe pancreatitis forced me to leave school and start working a full time job.
Cystic fibrosis, while it has not defined me, has affected the way I live my life. As I get older, I notice how much it changes the way I make plans for the future: how I have gotten in the habit of planning day by day or month by month, instead of making longer-term plans. Prior to my transplant, my medical compliance was a habit, almost like muscle memory. I took 40+ pills a day, did a sinus wash at least once a day, have dealt with my diabetes for years, exercised regularly, and did a number of other treatments. My doctors told me, after my transplant, that because CF forced me to be disciplined and scheduled, my chances at success increased significantly. The one long-term goal I did set early in life was to keep my lungs as healthy as possible for as long as possible – and I succeeded in that goal.
To this day, the thing I am most proud of has nothing to do with my disease – it has to do with my family. My wife and I helped raise our two nieces, and I am proud to say that they have grown into loving, beautiful women. My wife and I will soon celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we have so much to be thankful for – especially the family we were able to build together.
I enjoy… fishing, golfing, playing with my dog, staying active, managing a restaurant, and taking vacations.

My favorite…
Color is red.
Food is pizza.
Holiday is Christmas.
Movie is To Kill a Mockingbird.
Song is Freebird.
Team is the Jets.
Athlete is Joe Namath.
If I could visit anywhere in the world, I would…  go on an African safari.
My friends and family would describe me as… witty.
My role model is… my doctor of 45 years, Dr. Jack Gorvoy.
If I could give someone recently diagnosed any advice, it would be… stay active and keep a regiment.
February 12 2009

Dan Palumbo

I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and given one year to live.  For 53 years, I have continued to beat that diagnosis.  Growing up in Dupont, Penn., CF did not determine who I was. As a child, my parents got me involved with sports and exercise, similar to my peers.  They also introduced me to the drums, which raised my interest in music while allowing me to move about and exercise.  Music continues to be a large part of my life, and I currently play the guitar and keyboard and enjoy writing. 
I attended school at Kings College and upon graduation, I founded an ad agency called Dan Palumbo Advertising.  I have been working for 30 years doing a range of advertising that includes television, radio and printing. 
I am married and have two wonderful children who both went to college and law school.  I stay compliant with treatments so I can live life to the fullest and take care of my family.  Due to digestive problems, I always eat healthy and continue to exercise on the treadmill every week.  When I decide to retire, I would like to focus my efforts on volunteer work and raising awareness for cystic fibrosis. 
My favorite holiday is… Christmas.
My favorite food is… Italian.
My favorite pastime is… music.
My favorite movie is… Tommy Boy.
My favorite color is… blue.
My dream vacation is… to go to Italy with my family.

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