Athlete Name: Branen Gordon
Hometown: Menasha, Wisconsin
Tell us a little about yourself
I began playing sports early on in my life. I was always a very active kid and I still am to this day. Growing up I played every sport I could just because I wanted to be good at everything. Once I got to high school I stuck to football, basketball, and baseball. But even then I realized how hard it was to manage three sports with my CF life so I chose to play only football and basketball. I don’t think i’d be where I am today without playing the sports I did. All the weight lifting, training, and early morning sessions I did helped me get here and I’m very thankful for that.
"I began to exercise because I knew it helped my body and my lungs. But today I exercise because I notice a difference in my everyday life."
Tell us what motivates you the most.
What motivates me the most are the people around me. My teammates, my coaches, and even the fans. Let’s say we’re doing conditioning or something and I’m going toe-to-toe with one of my teammates and then he’d look at me and say, “I thought you had a lung disease?” Nothing motivates me more than that. I love being able to keep up with those around me.
Why do you exercise?
I began to exercise because I knew it helped my body and my lungs. I knew it would improve my lung functions and ultimately keep me here longer. But today I exercise because I notice a difference in my everyday life. I feel better when I exercise. I feel more energetic. I feel like I can breathe better. I feel happier. I just feel better.
What are some of your goals?
When I grow up I want to produce music and sing. Art has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve always been a writer and recently i’ve started to write my own lyrics and even make my own music. One day I hope to turn it into a career.
Who is your role model?
My role model is Gunnar Esiason. The way he manages his Cystic Fibrosis, stays healthy, keeps active, and still lives his everyday life is amazing. He makes it seem so easy but I know it’s not. I hope one day to become as good as him at managing my CF and still be able to live my life the way I want to. Hello!