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Michael Sellars Steps Up for CFF & Rochester’s Finest

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a rare but devastating disease that affects the lives of approximately 30,000 Americans. This means approximately one in thirty Americans can be an unwitting carrier for this genetic disorder. Up until recently, it was rare for a child diagnosed with CF to even make it to adulthood.

Cystic Fibrosis is a lung disease that causes thick and sticky mucus to secrete in the lungs and digestive tract. Those who suffer from it often have frequent episodes with pneumonia, nasal congestion, coughing, fatigue and various respiratory ailments. Fortunately, researchers have made significant strides with understanding this life altering illness, as well as creating normalcy for many people diagnosed with CF. Organizations like Rochester’s Finest, partnering with the Western New York chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, look to honor the young professionals in our community who strive to educate and raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. Without these generous philanthropic efforts and contributions, Cystic Fibrosis would be a much more devastating diagnosis than it is today.

Michael Sellers and his wife and 3 children standing under a large "start" banner at a CFF walk/run

One such Rochester’s Finest nominee, Michael Sellars, is determined to enhance the dialogue surrounding CF in our community. As someone who knows what it’s like to live with Cystic Fibrosis, Sellars brings his life experience and knowledge to combatting CF so that future generations may enjoy a better quality of life.

"I am 32. When I was born, I was not expected to live past 8 years old."