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Emily M.

Illinois

Vincent Van Go Get 'Em

I am submitting on behalf of my sister Emily. Last March she welcomed her son Vincent. At two weeks old Vincent was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Its a genetic disease that effects your lung function and pancreas. The lifespan of those with CF is around 40. This came as a complete shock to our family as we have had no family history of it. Emily jumped into action to not only help Vincent (taking endless doctors appointments, researching on researching) she became an advocate for the CF Community. She has committed endless hours to her time to run fundraisers, bring awareness and advocate for a cause/cure. She has already setup numerous fundraisers and has raised over $25,000 for the Chicago Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This is all in less than a year. She has multiple fundraisers and advocacy advents sent up for 2020. She will not stop until there is cure not only for Vincent but for all those suffering with CF. She works full-time and advocates in her free time. She is a mom to two great kids and goes to the gym when they go to bed to make sure she doesn't miss a minute with them. I would love for her to get on the best bike that goes no where so she can workout from home. She deserves to be honored as she has had one hell of a year and instead of being defeated, she sprung into action.

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