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Sophia Cerniglia

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

I’m just a 27 year old girl who is trying to inspire people all over the world one day at a time. I was diagnosed at the age of six with a terminal lung disease called cystic fibrosis. Most will say it’s a lung disease but I call it a full body disease. When I was diagnosed I was told I wouldn't see my eighteenth birthday. Well here I am proving them wrong living nine years past when they said this disease was going to take me. I like to think of my life as one really big and long roller coaster ride. I have devoted my life to bringing awareness to CF through my public speaking. To help adults living with this monster of a disease. I started my very own non-profit foundation for cystic fibrosis called Breathing Becomes Effortless. In 2014 CF really gave me a run for my money and I was the sickest I have ever been in my life but for the first time it wasn't just with my CF it was my mental health as well. I truly never thought I struggled with depression but I soon realized I was so wrong. I found myself at rock bottom and truly thought I didn't want to be here anymore on this earth. I am one of five kids and I thank God everyday for each one of them. When the oldest passed away I promised her I would never give up and keep fighting for her. Since that promise life didn't feel like it was getting much better. In those years many friends I knew had taken their own lives or lost their life to cystic fibrosis. With all of the ups and downs I have had over the years I can say with all of my heart I am forever grateful I am still here. I know I am still here for a reason. That I have a purpose and that purpose is to help people all over the world who are struggling in any way shape and form.

Sophia's ArtPrize Entries

These are Sophia's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Disease Does Not Discriminate (Work in Progress)

    Disease Does Not Discriminate (Work in Progress)

    2018 ArtPrize Entry I Am More Than What You See
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