Vollmar said, “I feel blessed every day with the life I have with my husband and our beautiful girls. When I was born, my parents were told they would lose me early. I am a survivor thanks to the medical breakthroughs that have happened in my lifetime. Now people live with Cystic Fibrosis, but it is always a threat. We still have a journey ahead of us. We still need a cure.”
Makenzie Fleshner Erwin
Makenzie Fleshner Erwin has had a tremendous year including marrying Chris on September 15, 2012, a honeymoon cruise to the West Caribbean and horse back riding through the Mayan ruins.
Erwin credited her current excellent health to being happy, her faith in God and being surrounded by a strong support system for those times when she did become ill. She has been proactive with her illness, participating in several drug trials and clinical studies for Cystic Fibrosis.
She states, “I want to overcome this disease. I want to spend my time with my family, and if participating in a medication trial will help lead us all to a cure, then I am happy to be a part of that process. Chris and I are moving into our first home, and want to start a family. I want to be a mom. I have been tested. I am not a carrier of Cystic Fibrosis which means that though this is a genetic disease, my children will not have it. I have every reason to be aggressive with this disease because I want a long future. I want a cure.”
Joel Brachbill just turned 14 and began eighth grade. He has had significant changes in his life in the last year including a new step mother. He said, “I have a new mom and two new siblings. I love it. We just moved into a bigger house that I helped renovate. I volunteer at the historical society which I truly enjoy. My illness is less severe than others. I have to fight the digestion issues with medications, but I have never had pneumonia. Still, I would love to see the end of Cystic Fibrosis.”