This young girl with a potentially life-threatening disorder refuses to allow her malady to keep her from hiking the mountains to bag a magnificent bull elk.
In this powerfully moving short film by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a young girl battles Cystic Fibrosis and the rugged mountains of Oregon to follow her dreams. Jennifer is a very special young lady who's wired to overcome the obstacles life has unfairly thrown at her.
Her mother speaks emotionally about her daughter's grit and determination, while for Jennifer, it just seems to be normal operating procedure.
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disorder that primarily affects the lungs. However, it also impacts other organs in the digestive system, like the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestines.
Most people suffering from the disorder live to only 42-50 years of age. Lung problems are responsible for around 80 percent of the deaths associated with Cystic Fibrosis.
However, young Jennifer has taken the malady head on. She's trained her body to compensate for the rigors of hard mountain hunting and, more importantly, she has the mindset of a champion.
"Having something like a disease doesn't define who you are," she says. "It maybe makes you who you are, but it doesn't define you. You define yourself."
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