Illinois Warrior: Lillian, age 10
Selfless, Happy, Resilient
Lillian was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at a very young age. She, like other CF warriors, does everything asked of her to maintain her health. And she does it with a smile.
And, while Lillian is special, her family is the cherry on top. They are a single-income family struggling to keep up with the financial burdens of healthcare costs. However, their own financial concerns have not stopped them from supporting others with needs. This is a foster family that has used their expertise to foster children with medical needs. The whole family works hard to raise money to support CF causes and research. In addition, mom and dad serve in a formal capacity as support for other parents and families who have just received a CF diagnosis, helping to navigate resources and find a positive outlook.
Lillian looks forward to using her AffloVest in her backyard playhouse this summer and going to sleepovers without losing time doing treatments hooked to hoses. And we, at the Legacy Foundation, look forward to seeing what Lillian, and her family, continue to do to support the next generation of CF Warriors!
Lillian and her family thought they were coming for a "finalist interview." The amazing staff at the Children's Hospital of Illinois helped us stage the surprise! Special thanks to the Public Relations and Cystic Fibrosis care teams for their support and their participation in the reveal. Our generous project sponsors were also there ... Dana Kolflat and Ruth Wiles from AffloVest and State Farm agents Jodi Brown, Jamesetta Porter, Corey North and Roger Hickman!.