Autumn Bennett

Autumn was born March 25, 1981. She was absolutely the light of our lives. She seemed relatively healthy for the first year. Then the runny nose, and weight loss set off an alarm with us. We were distraught when we got the diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis.  She was given a life expectancy of 15 years. We were determined to make every year we had with her as great as possible. She loved God, dancing, Disney World, her family and Rusty Wallace. 4 Times she went to Disney World, loved Epcot Center, but was entirely captivated by “It’s A Small World”.  We would ride it over and over. She never had a bad time there. She made numerous trips to Bristol to watch her favorite driver, Rusty Wallace. Our trips together to the races were so memorable. The memories are vivid for me. When her fellow Rusty Wallace fan in the stands made everyone around her stop smoking after he found out she had a lung disease, and told her she could stand on the seat in front of him, because he didn’t need to see the race. I regained my faith in people right then and there. Then in September of 1997 she started fading. She knew it when she asked to leave church to go to the hospital. She never lost her faith, but she lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. We find comfort in knowing that she breathes and dances with Angels in Heaven.   

Jake Bachman

Jake was born on April 30, 1983 and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. He began volunteering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as preteen in 1996. He has served in volunteer leadership roles with the CFF in Colorado and North Carolina, before moving to Murfreesboro, TN in 2009. Jake works tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for this disease, traveling throughout TN to lead speaking engagements and fundraising events. In 2013, he combined his passion to help find a cure for CF and his love of running to create the Superhero Strides for CF 5K & Kids Fun Run, an annual superhero-themed run held at Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro. Jake is now 31 years old, married and has a 2 year old son. His dedication, commitment and perseverance are an inspiration not only to the CF community but to all who meet him.

Taran Wolaver

Taran was born February 27, 1998.  He was not diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis until August 4, 2004.  Taran was basically a normal CFer until September 2009.  After a lengthy stay in the ICU he was sent to Pittsburgh, PA in August 2010 for a Lung and Liver Transplant.  While waiting on lungs Taran took a turn for worse in September 2010, just several weeks after arriving home from him transplant evaluation. September 22, 2010 Taran was intubated and was listed as #1 on the transplant list.  September 29, 2010 Taran lost his battle with CF. He enjoyed karate, riding his 4 wheeler and was a huge fan of wrestling.