Our Founder - Jennifer Champy
Jennifer Champy spent many years in respiratory distress and searching for answers. Ever heard of the saying “Cobbler’s children have no shoes”? This was Jennifer. Here she worked in the medical profession, yet suffered with significant symptoms, and no answer as to why.
During Jennifer’s years of searching for a diagnosis and treatment options, she felt extremely isolated, afraid and confused with her health. She hit several roadblocks along the way, including being told she was “the only one in the country with this, and nothing could be done”. Think about that for a moment. How would you feel?
Chances are you are here because that IS how you feel. Either for yourself, or as a caregiver for a loved one. Like you, Jennifer refused to accept the answer that nothing could be done to help her. Jennifer persisted in her search, and found Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA. Here she received a team of doctors and surgeons, willing to help her breathe easier. Her team gave her a diagnosis of Tracheobronchomalacia and treatment options. As a result, Jennifer underwent three surgeries to help her breathe easier.
Since receiving the care and treatments needed at BIDMC, Jennifer has devoted her life to reaching patients throughout the world who are misdiagnosed, or under diagnosed. As a result, Jennifer founded CureTBM as a means to spread awareness of Tracheobronchomalacia and the resources available. Jennifer works diligently to bridge the gap in care, which so many patients and families fall into. Jennifer, along with the CureTBM Board of Directors work to raise funds to support research, symposiums, and educational material to advance the medical field.
In addition to Cure TBM, Jennifer also hosts an informal, Facebook support group where patients and caretakers can collaborate. Prior to founding Cure TBM, Jennifer was a registered nurse with a focus in trauma. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys working with children and animals. Jennifer’s main passion is helping those who are in need.