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Abbott Awards Two Scholarships To Inspirational Students Living With Cystic Fibrosis

"Despite the challenges I face, it has been my personal goal to blow CF away and not let it dictate my life," said Mr. Moening, this year's Thriving Undergraduate recipient.  "Receiving this scholarship will further my commitment to my studies and help me reach the high academic standards I have set for myself."

Recognizing the financial burdens that exist for many CF families, the CFCareForward Scholarship was developed to honor young adults with CF as they pursue goals of higher education.  In 2012, Abbott awarded more than $130,000 in scholarship funding to exceptional students living with CF for a total contribution of $2.3 million over the past 20 years. 

"At a young age I developed a passion for science, which sparked my curiosity about life, and has driven me to continue my education in graduate school," said Thriving Graduate recipient, Mr. McSparin.  "With the financial assistance provided by the CFCareForward Scholarship program, I will have the unique opportunity to learn more about a field I truly enjoy, and hope my ambition helps all individuals with CF understand their immeasurable worth and their enormous potential to inspire others."

About Cystic FibrosisIn patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), a thick, sticky mucus is produced in certain organs throughout the body, most commonly the lungs and digestive system, including the pancreas.  The mucus build-up in the lungs can cause difficulty breathing and may lead to life-threatening lung infections.  Additionally, many people living with CF are unable to properly digest food because of the thick mucus in the digestive system.

About CFCareForwardAbbott is honored to continue the nearly 25-year commitment of helping people with CF manage their health.  The CFCareForward program provides comprehensive nutritional, financial and educational support for patients living with CF and their families.  To learn more about CFCareForward, please call 1-855-CARE4WD (227-3493).

About AbbottAbbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics.  The company employs approximately 91,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's website at www.abbott.com.

SOURCE Abbott

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