Travis Flores has had a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes a buildup of mucus in the lungs and other organs and can lead to respiratory failure and problems in breaking down food and absorbing nutrients. Flores, who recently underwent a double lung transplant, continues to pursue his interests as an artist, philanthropist, and patient advocate. We spoke to Flores about his experiences, how rather than being a barrier, his disease has served as a source of motivation, and how he’s learned to live with, rather than for, his disease.
Travis Flores will participate at this year’s annual Tribute to Champions of Hope. Interested in joining us this year? There is still time to register on our website here.
RARECast is a weekly series by Daniel S. Levine. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013, which produces The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts. Read his full bio here.