The seconds on the clock ticked down closer and closer to zero. The score was tied. The crowd was still and silent. Then 12-year-old Christian Collins got the ball. He sprinted down the court and, SWOOSH, tossed in the game-winning shot.
The crowd erupted in cheers. It was March 2019, and Christian’s basketball team had just beaten one of the best teams in the country. They were going to the championship.
But there’s something fans might not have known about the player behind this coup [koo]. He has a serious disease called cystic fibrosis (CF).
CF causes a thick, sticky mucus to build up in Christian’s lungs. The mucus makes it hard to breathe and can cause infections. Running up and down the basketball court, Christian often feels like he is breathing through a straw. “I get tired a lot faster than everyone else,” he says. “That just means I have to work a lot harder.”