AbbVie Celebrates 25th Year of its CF Scholarship and is Now Accepting Applications from Students with Cystic Fibrosis

– Scholarship recognizes 40 exceptional students with cystic fibrosis (CF) for academic excellence, creativity and community service
– In honor of the program’s 25th anniversary, AbbVie is introducing a new award category — the Blogger’s Choice Award, for an additional scholarship opportunity Continue reading AbbVie Celebrates 25th Year of its CF Scholarship and is Now Accepting Applications from Students with Cystic Fibrosis

OWN IT: Celebrating What It Means to Live a Life

OWN IT: The Oscars, Viola Davis, and Celebrating What It Means to Live a Life

Well the Oscars certainly didn’t disappoint. I’ll get to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in a second, but first I want to talk about Viola Davis’ acceptance speech.

For those of you keeping score at home Ms. Davis won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in Fences. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I certainly plan on it because, let’s be honest here, anything with Denzel Washington AND Viola Davis is sure to be awesome.

But, that’s neither here nor there.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. Davis (deservedly so) got very emotional and began what seemed to be a tremendous talk about some of the greatest stories being buried in the graveyard, and, while often overlooked, they are the ones worth telling.

It’s tough to dispute her statement. I love reading memoirs and watching biopics. What better way to honor someone and learn something new?

Ms. Davis then went on to say, “I became an artist, and thank god I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

Everybody stop.

I think we’ve found ourselves an early front-runner for hot take of the year.

With all due respect, Ms. Davis, I disagree. Artists are not the only ones who “celebrate what it means to live a life.”

Asserting that artists are the only ones who do so is simply false. I’m not going to let your profession own this– everyone shares it.

Our lives are unique stories, and we are all the sole writers. Each story influences every other one out there, but ultimately they are our own. Some are told, and others are internalized for eternity. That doesn’t make one superior to the other, nor does it mean that some lives are celebrated while others are not.

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CFF announces recipients of first annual impact grants

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Announces Recipients of First Annual Impact Grants to Programs That Serve People With CF and Their Families

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced the recipients of its first annual Impact Grants.

The program provides funding to support people with cystic fibrosis who are creating unique projects in their communities that serve people with the disease and their families. Cystic fibrosis is a rare, genetic disease that causes chronic lung infections and premature death.

The 2016 grants award $10,000 each to seven diverse programs across the country — from one that teaches singing as an outlet for creativity and wellness, to others that provide personal fitness and health training to individuals with cystic fibrosis. Recipients were chosen by the CF Adult Advisory Council, an external panel comprised entirely of adults with the cystic fibrosis, in partnership with the CF Foundation.

“People with CF have the greatest insights about how to live with this disease,” said Drucy Borowitz, M.D., vice president of community partnerships at the CF Foundation. “We are honored to support these organizations that harness the power of the CF community to help people with this disease and their families live better lives every day.”

Read the blog here.

The grant award recipients include:
The Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation (CFLF), a nonprofit organization that helps people with CF maintain a healthy lifestyle. The CFLF provides assistance to children and adults with CF who demonstrate a financial need and personal desire to improve their physical wellbeing.

The United States Adult CF Association (USACFA), a nonprofit corporation run by adults with CF, offers the community an opportunity to exchange medical and nonmedical information through its quarterly national newsletter, CF Roundtable.

Project CF Spouse is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting spouses of people with CF. The grant will be used to grow the 150-person group, expand educational resources and facilitate connections between other spouses as they navigate their own CF journeys.

The sINgSPIRE program, through Breathe Bravely, will provide free, private voice lessons with a qualified voice instructor who will work on strengthening participants’ respiratory systems and improving self-awareness and confidence.

Program NuYou, part of Attain Health, is an online health coaching and personal training program for individuals with CF. Each participant receives time with an integrative health coach and personal trainer, and the program includes weekly check-ins, video conferences and a workout plan that is tailored to individual participant’s needs.

Miles for Cystic Fibrosis supports Project BreatheStrong, which provides grants for children and adults with CF to take part in activities that will improve their mental and physical heath.

Continuing Education for Caregiver/Individuals with CF supports individuals affected by CF through educational workshops that concentrate on various aspects of the disease.

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USACFA Scholarship To Include Those Pursuing Certification Degrees!

USACFA Scholarship To Include Those Pursuing Certification Degrees! Due November 30, 2016 for Spring 2017!

The United States Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association (USACFA) is excited to offer the Lauren Melissa Kelly Scholarship award for the Spring semester 2017. The scholarship will range from $1500 to $2500 and be awarded to Continue reading USACFA Scholarship To Include Those Pursuing Certification Degrees!

AbbVie Launches 2016 Thriving Student Scholarship Contest to Award Two Inspirational Students with Cystic Fibrosis $24,000 Each in Educational Funds

• 40 AbbVie CF Scholars were each awarded $3,000 scholarships earlier this year and are now eligible to compete to win an additional $21,000 scholarship via the contest
• Cast your vote to help determine the Thriving Graduate and Undergraduate Students Continue reading AbbVie Launches 2016 Thriving Student Scholarship Contest to Award Two Inspirational Students with Cystic Fibrosis $24,000 Each in Educational Funds

US Adult CF Association Scholarship Application Due November 30, 2016 for Spring 2017

The United States Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association (USACFA) is excited to offer the Lauren Melissa Kelly Scholarship award for the Spring semester 2017. The scholarship will range from $1500 to $2500 and be awarded to adults with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. Read on to learn Continue reading US Adult CF Association Scholarship Application Due November 30, 2016 for Spring 2017

USACFA’s First Lauren Melissa Kelly Scholarship Winners

Lauren Melissa Kelly was an inspiration to all who knew her. An incredible leader and scholar, Lauren’s drive and success are the foundation of her memory. She was transformative in every aspect of her life. She had distinguished herself as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Mortar Continue reading USACFA’s First Lauren Melissa Kelly Scholarship Winners

AbbVie CF Scholarship Now Accepting Applications from Students with Cystic Fibrosis for 2016-2017 Academic School Year

•  Scholarship recognizes 40 exceptional students with cystic fibrosis (CF) for academic excellence, creativity, and community service
•  More than $2.6 million in scholarships awarded over 24 year history of the program
 
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., April 6, 2016 – AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) today announced that the 2016 AbbVie CF Scholarship, which honors and supports young Continue reading AbbVie CF Scholarship Now Accepting Applications from Students with Cystic Fibrosis for 2016-2017 Academic School Year

AbbVie CF Scholarship Now Accepting Applications from Students with Cystic Fibrosis for 2016-2017 Academic School Year

Scholarship recognizes 40 exceptional students with cystic fibrosis (CF) for academic excellence, creativity, and community service

¾  More than $2.6 million in scholarships awarded over 24 year history of the program

 NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., April 6, 2016 – AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) today announced that the 2016 AbbVie CF Scholarship, which honors and Continue reading AbbVie CF Scholarship Now Accepting Applications from Students with Cystic Fibrosis for 2016-2017 Academic School Year

Help us get our badge for GreatNonprofits: write a review!

Dear Friends of CF Roundtable and the US Adult CF Assn (USACFA),

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits-a review site like TripAdvisor-is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2016 Top-Rated Awards. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a Continue reading Help us get our badge for GreatNonprofits: write a review!