In the Spotlight -- Previously Featured

The following extraordinary individuals have been previously featured "In the Spotlight."


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Somer Love
Somer Love has CF and is a tenacious fighter against the disease. She doesn’t let six hours of daily treatments get in her way. Somer writes a blog, serves on an advisory council, regularly meets with CF parents and serves as a role model for younger people who have the disease.
Mike Hart
Mike Hart
Mike Hart is a dedicated CF Foundation volunteer who has been inspired to support the search for a cure by his best friend, Jill, who has CF.
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Marissa Benchea
Marissa Benchea was awarded the 2014 Alex Award for her positive spirit, dedication to the CF community and willingness to put others before herself.
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Jennifer Gambino
Jennifer Gambino, who has CF, always knew she wanted to work with children. Today, she works at an inner-city school in Baltimore, where she uses puppets as a way to teach math.
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Andy Lipman
In 2000, Andy Lipman, who has CF, combined his love of sports and family by creating a city-wide softball tournament in Atlanta to help support the search for a cure. A Wish for Wendy has raised more than $1.9 million to help support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and grows larger each and every year.
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Camila Strassle
Inspired by her work as an intern and teen advocate at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Camila Strassle wants to pursue a future in health advocacy.
ITS - Branch & Dean
Branch & Dean
Country music duo Branch & Dean have teamed up with the Foundation to help support the mission to find a cure for CF. Their new single, “The Dash” was written in honor of Steve Branch’s only son, Theron, who had CF and passed away earlier this year.
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Nat Gallen
This August Nat Gallen became the youngest person with CF to successfully make it to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Nat hopes his adventures will inspire other people with CF to live their dreams.
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Julianne Golinski
Inspired by the work of her own CF doctors, 22-year-old Julianne Golinski majored in biopsychology and now studies the effects traumatic brain injuries have on the mind and body.
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Mallory Smith
Mallory Smith, 20, has CF and believes in dreaming big. She has always loved the ocean and is pursuing an education in human biology at Stanford University. Upon graduating, Mallory hopes to use her degree to help protect the environment she cares so deeply about.
In the Spotlight - Russell White
Russell White
Russell White, 24, who has CF, is a contemporary glass artist who creates awards for the San Diego and Imperial Counties chapter office. “It gives me satisfaction knowing I can do whatever I set my mind to despite having this disease,” Russell said.
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Stacy Motenko
Stacy Motenko, 26, who has CF, strives to live life to the fullest. She has lived abroad, gone swimming with sharks, jumped out of an airplane, and in 2012, was the recipient of the Alex Award.
In the Spotlight - Meg West
Megan West
National Honor Society member. Student tutor. Certified Zumba instructor. Megan West is a high school senior who doesn’t let CF hold her back.
In the Spotlight - Douglas Harriman
Douglas Harriman
Behind home plate is where 13-year-old catcher Douglas Harriman feels most confident.
In the Spotlight - Murielle Tiernan
Murielle Tiernan
An 18-year-old soccer star doesn’t let CF get in the way of her dreams.
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Xtreme Hike: Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter
A father-son duo channels their shared love for hiking into support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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Chrystal Sveom-Moldenhauer
One CF patient gets help to afford the high costs of the treatments she needs to stay healthy.
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Sherry Meyer
Members of the Oahu, Hawaii, community are quick to offer their support when Sherry Meyer introduces them to the CF cause in honor of her daughter Rachel, 6, who has CF.
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Josh Mogren
Having cystic fibrosis isn’t fun, but Josh Mogren is determined to give children with CF something to smile about.
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Calvin Saxton
Inspired by a friend with CF, this 12-year-old surfer and entrepreneur is using his successful business to support a cause close to his heart.
In the Spotlight - Brenda Fox
Brenda Fox
CVS/pharmacy store manager and CF mom heads up a nationwide campaign to raise funds and awareness at the cash register.
In the Spotlight - Michele Mizda
Michele Mizda, CF Care Center Social Worker
Inspired to go even further to help the families she serves, Michele translated her work in the clinic into a commitment to raising funds for the CF Foundation’s search for a cure.
In The Spotlight - Kristina de Bree
Kristina de Bree
This Pepperdine University graduate student, who has CF, thrives off her determination to help others who are facing serious illnesses.
In the Spotlight: Chris Kvam
Chris Kvam
By sharing his passion for cycling through his local CF Cycle for Life event, this accomplished athlete brings hope to others living with cystic fibrosis.
In the Spotlight: Jerry and Marie Arenas
Jerry and Marie Arenas
Since their son Tony’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis nearly 30 years ago, Jerry and Marie have raised more than $1.4 million to help ease the way for other families affected by the disease.
In the Spotlight: Dr. Chuck Fox
Dr. Chuck Fox
Meet this Atlanta physician who overcame the challenges of CF to reach his goals of becoming a doctor, husband and father.
In the Spotlight: Nat Gallen
Nat Gallen
Experienced hiker and climber Nat Gallen, 14, says CF can’t hold him back from realizing his dreams of climbing Africa’s highest peak.
In the Spotlight: Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez
For Angel Hernandez, 20, academic excellence and a commitment to helping others are key to overcoming CF and the many other challenges life has thrown his way.
In the Spotlight - Joseph Colasuonno
The Colasuonno Family
By easing the financial burden of critical CF medications, the Cystic Fibrosis Patient Assistance Foundation provides a helping hand to a family in need.
In the Spotlight - Austin Reed
Austin Reed
Refusing to let CF stand in the way of his childhood dream, Austin Reed is now a rising star in the TV news business.