Episode #0076 Paul Drury – Giving Back to the CF Community
Paul Drury is 42 years old with cystic fibrosis and is post-lung and -kidney transplant. Paul is happily married, working for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Connecticut Chapter), a mentor to the CF community, and LIVING, BREATHING and SUCCEEDING on a daily basis. 24/7 for the CF community is what Paul Drury is all about. Not only does he live with the disease; Paul works for the CFF in fundraising and speaks to many people with CF on a daily basis.
- Paul was born in Chicago – one of six children – and was diagnosed at age two due to “failure to thrive.” He grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut.
- “Growing up with CF was a very private matter, and I jumped into the world of CF post-transplant,” Paul says.
- Paul believes “working for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation lets me give back to others and have a major impact on their life by giving them HOPE. It makes me feel good.”
- Paul gives back at the CFF by doing fundraising for a cure and by speaking at events to raise awareness. He speaks to families and patients on a daily basis. “ I am like the poster adult for the CF community,” he says.
- Paul also is an artist and “gives back” by doing paintings (pointillism) for various CF events.
- Paul’s biggest challenge on a daily basis: “Staying healthy.”
- Paul’s advice: “Do your meds, exercise, nutrition … and sometimes laughter is the best medicine.”
This “LIVING. BREATHING. SUCCEEDING.” Podcast/Vodcast is the 10th in a series of of 12 made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.