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Seana Ruppert

Seana Ruppert

I am honored to serve as the 2022 Chair of DFW’s Finest. I hope you will join me in supporting our efforts by contributing with a donation to the CF Foundation, or attending DFW’s Finest event in Plano, TX on Thursday, November 10th.
 
DFW’s Finest is a prestigious, select group of individuals the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation honors each year. Honorees are chosen by the Foundation for their exemplary leadership qualities, active community involvement, and a proven track record of success in their chosen careers. In the past 7 years, we have honored more than 120 young professionals in the DFW metroplex who have helped support the mission of the CF Foundation. Last year, I was privileged to serve as an honoree sharing my story, spreading awareness, and receiving the ‘Breathing for James’ Award after raising $22,500 for the CF Foundation.
 
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, genetic disease that primarily effects the lungs and digestive system due to a faulty protein in the body’s cells that causes the buildup of thick, sticky mucus. People with CF experience chronic lung infections and inflammation, which causes damage to their lungs and shortens their lifespan. In 1955, children born with CF were not expected to live beyond 3 years. While there is no cure for CF, thanks to Foundation-based research, treatments and modulators that have improved the quality of life, the median predicted age of survival is now more than 50 years(!).
 
At 5 weeks old I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. My parents were told to enjoy the time they had with me as I would not live past 3 years old. Growing up with Cystic Fibrosis, navigating the hospitalizations and illness, not knowing what tomorrow would bring, I chose to live the most ‘normal’ and fulfilled life as I could.  Involvement in sports, competing as a collegiate cheerleader, graduating college, pursuing my career in New York City for 6 years, to now being 34, living in Downtown Dallas with my fiancé and 4 fur babies, working a full-time job, and enjoying life with family and friends.
 
My engagement with the CF Foundation over the last 10+ years in helping raise donations and awareness has not only been personally rewarding but has also continuously reminded me of just how vital the work of this foundation is.  Every year of donations raised brings us that much closer to finding a cure and extending not only my life but the lives of thousands of individuals also living with CF. I have lived 31 years over my projected life expectancy thanks to the instrumental work of the CF Foundation. Honorees nominated as DFW’s Finest this year will have the opportunity to be recognized as exemplary leaders from one of the world’s most prominent nonprofits, network with likeminded individuals, and support the Foundation funding advances in research to provide all people afflicted with the disease a better quality of life.
 
To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with cystic fibrosis. Thank you for supporting the mission of the CF Foundation!
 
We look forward to the day that CF stands for ‘Cure Found!’

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$4,825
raised of $4,500 goal
 

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