This past Sunday, Chelsea Nickerson, a 23-year old with Cystic Fibrosis (an inherited disease affecting the lungs and digestive system), took her first steps in the Great Strides walk to benefit the foundation looking for a cure to her disease. Chelsea will be joined by her father, Rich, who has participated in events raising donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) since Chelsea was 3-years-old. He pushed her in a stroller during the Great Strides walk 20 years ago, and has continued to find ways to support CFF through his own efforts.
Even though Chelsea has leaned on her father throughout the years for support, she is now able to cope with the Cystic Fibrosis on her own. She lives with her boyfriend near her dad in Massachusetts, and has worked hard to gain weight to remain healthy and fight off the disease in the coming years.
Chelsea’s father is very proud of his daughter because of how well she has taken care of herself. “She wasn’t supposed to get out of her teens,” he explained. Nickerson feels his daughter’s determination to not let the disease stop her has really inspired him as he continues to look for new ways to raise donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. If you would like to contribute to the Nickersons’ efforts, you can visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website for opportunities to get involved or make a donation.