A Youthful Inspiration for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

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Last night as I worked on my computer "watching" American Idol, the introduction of one contestant caught my undivided attention. Kayden Stephenson has cystic fibrosis and is quite the precocious 16 year old. He talked about having cystic fibrosis (CF), how CF affects the body and his dream to be on American Idol.

Kayden sang brilliantly and it was refreshing to see the judges' reactions, comments and their unanimous vote. Kayden is going to Hollywood!! Yea!

I believe Kayden will be such an inspiration to so many different people. He has even inspired me.

As many of my readers know, my older brother, Edward, had cystic fibrosis. It's been fifteen years since his passing but for me, it still hurts like yesterday. Edward's struggles throughout his short 32 years of life, inspired me to form a charity in his memory, the Lungs for Life Foundation (LFL). The mission of the foundation was to grant assistance funds to those individuals who struggled with cystic fibrosis and their families. It was heartbreaking to make the decision recently to "close the doors" of the foundation. However, the Lungs for Life Foundation will remain a resource for cystic fibrosis, transplant, lungs and breathing clean air.

I take comfort in the fact that I can still touch the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis through my Crystal Allure Jewelry designer beaded Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelets. After having seen Kayden's story, I'm inspired to get working on some new Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet designs!

Congrats Kayden! You can be sure I'll be watching every show you are on!