I am a freshman at Muhlenberg College, double majoring in Musical Theatre and Media Communications, and minoring in Computer Science. On campus, I am a member of Muhlenberg’s Theatre and Dance Associations, Chamber Singers, Show Choir, and serve as the Public Relations Officer for the Catholic Campus Ministry. In addition, I am a mentor for my high school’s FIRST Robotics Team. I grew up in Blue Bell, PA, and am a proud member of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the CCFA.
With the help of the CCFA, I have thrived through the most difficult period of my life. At age ten, I began to experience symptoms of extreme nausea, fatigue, and lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks. The answer, Crohn’s Disease, came about 6 months later following a battery of tests and hospital visits. One of my first adventures following the diagnosis was CCFA’s Camp Oasis. From my first day at camp, I realized it was a place to spend time without worry, and an opportunity to make meaningful, lasting friendships with people I would have never met otherwise. Summer 2012 was my 7th summer at Camp Oasis. I was a Leader-in-Training along with many of my friends and am now hoping to continue this amazing experience as a counselor. My goal is to be able to give back to others what Camp Oasis and the CCFA have given me. I also captain Team Tiffany for the Take Steps Walk in order to encourage others to fight for a cure.
During my time with the CCFA, I have become an advocate for adults and children living with Crohn’s and UC, serving as the 2007 Youth Ambassador, the 2013 Honored Hero, and now as a member of the National Council of College Leaders. Having an outlet to help deal with a potentially debilitating disease while serving others is a tremendous honor. The CCFA has been there for me since my diagnosis, helping me along the path of turning a challenge into an opportunity.
I love sharing my story and speaking with others so please reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk!