Meet the 2019 Scholars

Get to know the hopes, dreams, and talents of this year's winners.

Marc E.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Choose one inspirational quote or motto that has helped you throughout your journey with cystic fibrosis. How do you live by your quote or motto and how has it motivated you to accomplish your goals?"

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley Every person with CF can understand that the journey in battling this disease is never static. We can feel invincible when we reach moments like earning a college degree, performing a private piano recital, or even acing a PFT test during a CF appointment. Yet, we can also feel useless when our lungs can take the breath of life away from us. These days can have a significant effect on our mental health. We cannot be “masters” of what lies ahead in our lives unless we can take care of our mental health. Bringing equal attention to our mental health is vital as we take care of our physical health. If we cannot find this balance, we can begin to lose grasp of who we are, which can affect many dimension of our lives. I believe I live by Henley’s remark by finding the things that bring me happiness such as dancing, playing dodge ball, running, playing the piano, or surrounding myself with people who care for me. As I build ways to find my happiness, it motivates me to enact on: what can I do now to be the “captain” of a fulfilling fate? Our destinies are never determined by pure luck. There are shaped by how we channel our feelings, thoughts, or instincts when we “master” the vibrant soul of Cystic Fibrosis.

Marc E.'s Artwork

Marc E.'s Achievements

  • Ivy Honorary Member of Motor Board Society, Seattle Pacific University chapter. (Spring 2018-present)
  • Patient Representative Speaker at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Guild Meeting. Seattle, WA. (Spring 2018)
  • Guest speaker at Pacific Northwest Child Life Specialist Conference. Seattle, WA. (2017)
  • Participant in the 16th Annual More Music @ the Moore show under direction of Grammy Award winning jazz musician, Robert Glasper. Seattle, WA. (2017)
  • Guest musician at UW Village Starbucks store location. Seattle, WA. (2017)
  • Guest musician featured in "Well-Strung" show at the Neptune Theatre. Seattle, Washington. (2016)
  • Volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Foundation Alaska and Washington. (2015-present).
  • Performed at the 35th annual Make-A-Wish Foundation conference in Disneyland, CA. (2015)
  • Dean's List, Seattle Pacific University. (2015-present)
  • Pianist and composer. Musician's original work: