Athlete Name: Cameron Herzog
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Education: 8th Grade
Tell us a little about yourself
I like Legos and Minecraft and hanging out with my cousin. I have a brother two years younger than me that I do everything with. I was diagnosed with CF at 3 weeks old and got a feeding tube when I was in third grade. It is still the most painful experience I’ve had. It has helped me to be healthy and have less hospital visits. I’ve been able to continue to do all activities that I was doing before with it. I started Trikafta on my 13th birthday, November 2019, and have gained even more weight and am finally approaching the 50th percentile for the first time in my life. The days of drinking Ensure at school may be gone! In elementary school, everyone knew I had cystic fibrosis. I was in the hospital each year and would come to school with IVs still. In middle school, most people have no idea I have CF. This last year was the first time I went with no hospital admissions. I hope to stay healthy and keep this going!
“So, the key is to keep my exercise fun and have some kind of goals"
Tell us what motivates you the most.
Friendly competition has always been a big motivation for me. It started with competing with my best friend in cross country and track races. The last couple years I’ve learned that my lung function has always been better during the times I’m exercising most. So, the key is to keep my exercise fun and have some kind of goals that can be set with it to help motivate me to keep going.
Why do you exercise? Has your exercise changed due to quarantine?
I exercise because I like the energy it gives me (and because I usually have a lot of energy too). I like to exercise with my friends. It has changed during quarantine because track season was completely cancelled and I haven’t been able to run with my team. I am much less motivated running long distances on my own. Instead, I’ve started doing more with my brother. He doesn’t run, so we got scooters and have learned tricks on them. We go biking all the time. Cross-country training just started, but I have a foot injury, so I’m starting a little slower this year and doing exercises in our basement and biking more. I’m excited to start running more with my team though, while also social distancing.
How do you stay motivated during quarantine?
Setting goals has helped me during quarantine. I started learning new tricks on my scooter and practicing daily. I also started tracking my biking so that I could see my progress and see when I reach PR’s (personal records).
What are your goals for the future?
I plan to learn a tail whip on my scooter in the near future. I’m still deciding on a future career, but plan to go to college. I think I will always be active and exercise. My goal for this running season is to get PRs. I also want to run my first half marathon.
Who is your role model?
I don’t really have a role model other than my parents. There’s not just one particular person.