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.