Andy Lipman, 45, has cystic fibrosis, but cystic fibrosis will never have him. Andy is a positive role model, who defied all odds to become a college graduate, Olympic-torch bearer, runner, author, husband, and father. Andy is dedicated to finding a cure for this invisible, terminal disease. He and his family founded the Wish for Wendy Foundation in memory of his older sister, who died from CF after only 16 days of life. As of 2019, the foundation has contributed nearly $4,000,000 to help raise awareness for cystic fibrosis and fund research for a cure.
Andy has written two memoirs telling his story battling the long odds of a CF diagnosis: Alive at 25: How I’m Beating Cystic Fibrosis and The Drive at 35: The Long Road to Beating Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, he wrote the novel A Superhero Needs No Cape about a young person who grows up wanting to play Major League Baseball, but he must do so while fighting cystic fibrosis. Andy’s fourth book, The CF Warrior Project: 65 Stories of Triumph Against Cystic Fibrosis, was release in May 2019.
Andy holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and serves on its Terry College of Business emeritus board of directors and has served on the board in some facet since 2012. Andy currently lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife Andrea and their 13-year-old daughter Avery and 10-year-old son Ethan. Follow Andy and The CF Warrior Project on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.