Athlete Name: Benjamin Scott Marshall
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a son, brother, boyfriend, friend, and collegiate athlete. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 7 months old. I’ve been hospitalized just a few times throughout my life. My doctors encouraged me to stay active in sports which I believe has helped keep me out of the hospital. When I’m not spending my time with family or teammates, I like to watch football or play Madden. Most of what I do involves football because the sport has provided an outlet for me over the course of my life. I’ve played since I was 8 years old and went on to be an All-State receiver in high school. Following high school, I furthered my football career at the collegiate level. Due to my insatiable desire to be surrounded by the sport, I aspire to be a football coach. My goal is to encourage others to persevere through life’s trials and use my own testimony as proof that it’s possible.
"I exercise because I love it and it’s beneficial to my health”
Tell us what motivates you the most.
Knowing that my ability to perform at the level that I do is rare for people with Cystic Fibrosis drives me to work as hard as I do. I am not ignorant to how many individuals would want to lace up my shoes for a day to experience the blessings I have and for me that’s not only humbling but motivation.
Why do you exercise?
I exercise because I love it and it’s beneficial to my health. I do my best to not let CF dictate what I do or don’t do in life. I don’t ever want it to define who I am. I’ve noticed that exercising helps me keep healthy so that I am able to do all that I enjoy and that is why it’s so deeply woven into my life.
What advice would you give to other CF athletes at the collegiate level
Don’t ever use CF as a crutch but rather use it as a driving factor, something like that of fuel. Let it be the ammunition you use to be the very best athlete you can be. Despite all of the hardships we face, one thing that holds true for all of us with CF is that we are fighters. Carry that courage with you throughout your athletic career and life.
Who is your role model?
I can’t limit my influence to just one person because my biggest supporters are and have always been my parents. As cliche as that sounds, my Mom and Dad, are hardworking, selfless and passionate beings. Every game, event, check up and hospitalization, they have both been by my side. They’ve sacrificed so much for me and my siblings to be happy and well-taken care of. The love they have for me is unquestionably unconditional and for all of these reasons they are my role models.