Elaine Ruh, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Mother of a child with CF

Elaine is a mother to her son, Maddox, who was born with cystic fibrosis. After earning her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University Wisconsin, she now works in the technology business as a Senior Human Resources Generalist and volunteers on the local Fox Valley Society for Human Resource Management Board of Directors. Elaine recently volunteered as an advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and just wrapped up her second year leading a Great Strides team. Elaine lives in Appleton, Wisc., with her husband, Nick, son, Maddox, and their pups, Remy and Lexi. You can follow her on her blog

Blog Posts


I advocate for my son who has cystic fibrosis by sharing his story to increase awareness. From new friends to legislators, I tell as many people as I can about this disease, how it changes your life, and how we are fighting this thing head on.

| 7 min read

Along with experiencing the typical emotions every parent has when their kids start school, I've also had to teach my son, Maddox, to take responsibility for his cystic fibrosis. 

| 6 min read

While we often see politicians on the campaign trail, there's another side to them that the public doesn't always see. By sharing my story, I've made real connections with my state representatives to help them better understand CF and positively impact my son's future.

| 5 min read

My husband and I spent our first weekend as parents contemplating the news that our new son had cystic fibrosis. Although we handled it in very different ways, we were ultimately able to overcome the initial shock, with an entire team to help us along the way.

| 6 min read