December 17 2013

Joe Hatch

"Be a force for good." 

I was not diagnosed with cystic fibrosis until September 1990 when I was thirty-four years old. I had many symptoms growing up – like stomach aches and constant colds – but my doctors never thought it could be anything serious. My cousin eventually had a child who was diagnosed with CF, which led to my own testing and diagnosis.

In spite of CF, I have always led a fulfilling and happy life. My wife and I travel as much as possible – and are always looking for something new to experience. I stay active by golfing, skiing, doing yard work, fishing, carpentry, and landscaping.

The main thing I want to accomplish in my lifetime is to help people create their own happiness. I think that I have been put on this earth to lead by example and to show people that they can have fulfilling, exciting lives. I recently started imagining and creating a program that will assist families in need by sending them to great wilderness camps and other locations that provide positive family vacation experiences. Again, I just want to help people – it is what gets me up in the morning.

Favorite color – red.
Favorite food – Mexican
Favorite holiday – Christmas
Favorite movies – anything with John Wayne and True Grit
If I could visit anywhere in the world, I would go to South Africa.
My friends and family would describe me as happy.