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.