Oct. 4–7, 2017

Indianapolis, IN

Congress Program Sections

Keynote Address


Claire Wineland
Photo by Todd Westphal

Give Me Dignity or Give Me Death

“Give me liberty or give me death” were the words delivered by Patrick Henry during his impassioned speech at the 1775 Virginia Convention in seeking independence for his home state. Now, nearly 250 years later, Claire Wineland, an impassioned CF patient, inspirational Youtube personality and founder of Claire’s Place Foundation (a Foundation to assist families living with CF), whose desire to see terminally ill patients live life to their fullest puts her own spin on that famous phrase with “Give Me Dignity or Give Me Death.”

In this riveting, emotional and inspiring keynote address, Claire will share with attendees her message of hope and her daily struggle of prioritizing happiness over health. Attendees will walk away from this presentation better understanding how to reframe the conversation with terminally ill patients from one that is based exclusively on health and well-being to one that dignifies the patient and empowers them to enjoy life’s experiences, to be inspired and to inspire others.

Claire will conclude her keynote address by ensuring that respiratory therapists understand the impact they have made on her life, to thank them, and to show her appreciation, because it’s the work RTs do in caring for her medical condition that allows her to focus on living life for a bigger, more meaningful purpose.

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