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Katie O'Grady

Coach, Founder
  • Cystic Fibrosis Warrior, Asthma fighter & Hypothyroidism 
  • College Sponsored Athlete
  • 5 Years of Collegiate Coaching at Boston University, Tufts University & Saint Thomas Aquinas College
  • 2 Years of Personal Coaching Outside Collegiate Athletes
  • 2022 Boston Marathon Qualifier (3:21.29)

I founded Mission Breathe Again to offer a more personalized form of support to the chronic illness community, beyond mere fundraising and research donations. My passion lies in actively engaging and witnessing people improve their lives when they make a change.


Running has been a huge part of my life, especially since I have Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a serious disease that mainly affects the lungs and causes thick mucus buildup. Running has helped me stay in good shape, both physically and mentally, which is really important for someone with CF. 


My journey with running includes competitively running throughout high school and into college as a sponsored athlete and I even spent five years coaching Track and XC at the college level. Leveraging my personal and professional experiences, I now coach others with similar challenges, guiding them towards a healthier, more active lifestyle through running. Running is easier together than alone!



Journal News:

Cystic Fibrosis Can't Stop Katie

CF Foundation Blog:
After a Lung Infection and a Pandemic, I Finally Ran the Boston Marathon

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Love What Matters Blog Feature:

"Mom I want to join Cross Country!"​

Exercise and Cystic Fibrosis - Katie's Story

Breathe Easy Podcast


Ovals and Trails Blog Feature:

Beating the Odds Against Cystic Fibrosis


Healthline & Lung Association Partnership:

Katie's Asthma Story​ (video)

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