In 2017, I dedicated my thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail to raising awareness for cystic fibrosis (CF), a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. More than 30,000 people are living with CF in the United States, and more than 70,000 worldwide. I called it the Breathtaking Journey, documented daily through Instagram and Facebook.

The Breathtaking Journey flag was carried every step of the way in honor of those affected by cystic fibrosis.

 
 
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It was all documented on Instagram, here

 
 

Check out the video created for CF awareness month