Children’s author, philanthropist shares triumphs over illness



Saturday event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Area residents have the opportunity this weekend to hear from an inspirational young man, who has fought back against a challenging illness by engaging in a motivational speaking tour as a teenager, writing a children’s book and initiating a large-scale fundraising campaign.

Travis Flores from Los Angeles is a featured speaker at the event “What If There Are No Wrong Numbers?” a night of storytelling, poetry and music, presented at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Holland Theatre. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Mr. Flores, 22, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was four months old. His family moved to Ohio so that he could be treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

He said his childhood years were filled with regular doctor’s appointments and also occasional stays in the hospital, oftentimes “for a simple cold that wouldn’t resolve itself. There was always the chance that it could develop into an infection of some sort.”

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 people in the U.S., according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Web site,


The benefit event is presented by Firehouse Pizza and Subs, where advance tickets can be purchased for $10, or at The Lock Shop Salon, Peach Tree Books and Co., Sweet Aromas Coffee and Marie’s Candies. Online tickets can be purchased at Tickets will be $12 at the door.


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