Athlete Name: Emily Schaller
Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI
Tell us a little about yourself
Founder/CEO of the Rock CF Foundation
I’m a Pisces. A vegetarian. Fun loving. Broadway loving nerd. An aunt to 2 awesome nieces. Making small connections with people throughout the day makes me happy.
In 2007 I founded the Rock CF Foundation to EmPower people with CF and their families to fight on and feel like they are part of something bigger.
“Exercise is so crucial to my health, plus it keeps me sane!”
Tell us what motivates you the most.
I don’t really think about this often, but the fact that I have been able to totally change my life just with exercise is my fuel. I never want to feel like I did just a few years ago, and this is motivating enough to never give up and push myself. At Rock CF we believe that exercise is so important for CF patients (and everyone else), so I have to practice what I preach.
What is your favorite Team Boomer memory?
Jerry & Em’s Great CF Adventure! Cycling 500 miles with my buddy Jerry, the man who truly kickstarted and inspired me to start exercising! It was an epic trip and I cannot wait to do it again in 2015.
What is your best fundraising tip?
Think outside the box. What are others not doing? Find the void and fill it. Also it’s super important to really drive home the personal connection that you may have with whatever you are fundraising for.
Why do you exercise?
About 7 years ago I was sick of being sick so I decided to kick myself into gear. I started running and cycling and saw improvements in my health within just a couple of months. That made me want to do more so I started running longer, cycling more and adding in yoga and weights. Not only did I have so much more energy and feel great, my PFT’s improved and hospitalizations decrease. Exercise is so crucial to my health, plus it keeps me sane!
What is your go to song when you are working out?
No music! I like to listen to my breath and my footsteps. Most of the time I run with a group so there is a lot of talking!