"I try to reassure everyone who has been affected by this disease that CF isn't the end of the world if you don't want it to be."
The experience of living with cystic fibrosis is markedly different today than it was decades ago. Thanks to the discovery of the CF gene, the availability of effective drug therapies and advances in technology, the 30,000 Americans who deal with the disease day in and day out are living longer and fuller lives. In a word, they are thriving.
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Podcast 86: Travis Flores - Giving Back to the CF Community

Travis Flores, 18 years old with cystic fibrosis, grew up in Ohio and is attending college in New York City. Besides going to school, Travis has written a children’s book, has two websites that are raising awareness and funds for cystic fibrosis and is a "Heroes of Hope" award recipient. Travis is living, breathing and succeeding with CF.

  • Travis started advocating for cystic fibrosis at a very young age and “embraces cystic fibrosis.”
  • The Spider Who Never Gave Up is a children’s book that Travis wrote when he was eight. (www.sparkeythespider.com)
  • Travis also created a non-profit organization that helps get computers for children and adolescent patients in the hospital so they can communicate friends (www.tfcf.org)
  • Travis enjoys being active in the community, writing music, people watching and taking long walks.
  • “Living with CF, it is important to find a balance with being compliant and your social life, as well as having a great support team,” Travis says.
  • Travis’ goals include: graduate college, succeed in career, and raise awareness for cystic fibrosis.
  • Travis’ recommendation to everyone: “Embrace life!”

This “LIVING. BREATHING. SUCCEEDING.” Podcast/Vodcast is the 8th in a series of 12 made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

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