Christina Thompson embodies SUNY Broome’s vision for its students, “Learning today, transforming tomorrow”. This is evident in her work to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Since 2017, Christina has made it her personal mission to lobby for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Not only has she helped to organized fundraisers in Oswego but she has also participated in advocacy at the Congressional level. Christina lobbied both Senators and Representatives to dedicate more funding to both the NIH and the FDA to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation awarded the Next Generation award to Christina for her dedication to the cause. The Mayor of Oswego in 2018 issued a proclamation acknowledging the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Christina accepted the proclamation. Christina’s advocacy work is also focused on improving campus life for her fellow students. Christina diligently works to ensure that residential students have access to daily programming. She ensures that there is additional food available to them and is working to improve communication on campus between dining services and residential life. Christina’s boundless energy is employed in her advocacy for her two passions, curing Cystic Fibrosis and improving residential life on campus.
I was first introduced to health care reform by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation when I was 16. I was presented the opportunity to travel to Capitol Hill and meet with members of Congress to advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis community and specifically my cousin Heather who passed away due to Cystic Fibrosis in 2010. This experience taught me how important it is for those living with pre-existing conditions to have access to comprehensive health care. I will always remember and be thankful for this opportunity as it led me to discover my passion for advocacy and politics. As a college student I am applying my passion in my studies as a Political Science major and in residential life. As a Resident Assistance, I was actively involved in promoting, educating and registering students to vote. My activism resulted in over 150 new voter registrations! It is important to me that I spread awareness on how important it is to be an educated voter and how much of a difference your vote can make. Every vote counts and I plan to continue to support this critical function of democracy.