Teen With Cystic Fibrosis Inspires in OneRepublic’s New “I Lived” Video

Teen With Cystic Fibrosis Inspires in OneRepublic’s New “I Lived” Video

2014 has been a year highlighted by a steady stream of compelling stories about young people with Cystic Fibrosis bearing witness to how a desire to live life to the fullest and lead an active, healthy lifestyle can overcome the daunting challenges and ominous realities of the disease. Joining inspired stories of 17 year-old Claire Wineland’s launch of the award-winning CF advocacy group Claire’s Place Foundation, 27 year-old CF patient Wiktoria Lachowski pursuing her dreams of becoming an opera singer, and the compelling, cross-country trek that CF documentarian Beau Rich shot this summer, is a new music video from OneRepublic that sets the amazing story of 15 year-old Colorado native and Cystic Fibrosis patient Bryan Warnecke to music, bringing to light his remarkable courage and personal drive through the band’s hit song “I Lived” — a track that characterizes the life journey of Warnecke and thousands of other CF patients.

OneRepublic’s video begins with an intimate look into Warnecke’s daily treatment regimen for the disease, and is complemented by interview sequences where he outlines the history of his diagnosis, as well as the challenges and realities he faces both now and in the future. In what is perhaps the most candid moment for Bryan, he speaks directly about the reduced average lifespan that many with the disease face, demonstrating how that reality forms the basis of his motivation to persevere through his symptoms, limitations, and complex treatments in order to lead an active life to the fullest.

OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder echoes Warnecke’s sentiments in the first verse leading into the song’s chorus when he sings, “And I hope that you don’t suffer / But take the pain / Hope when the moment comes / You’ll say… I did it all / I owned every second / That this world could give / I saw so many places / The things that I did / Yeah, with every broken bone / I swear I lived.”

You can watch the video in full here:


For as much as OneRepublic’s star power is bound to supercharge Bryan Warnecke’s advocacy efforts for Cystic Fibrosis, he has already been highly successful in his endeavors to fundraise for continued research and development efforts for next-generation CF therapies. In 2014 alone, Bryan and his cycling teammates have biked 1,200 miles and raised $300,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research. His perseverance and willingness to share his story, together with the talent of a band like OneRepublic, is bound to further energize his fundraising and advocacy successes in the months and years to come.

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  1. Armin Wagner says:

    Cheers Folks!
    My name is Armin and actually i live in Germany.About 30 Miles in the West of Nürnberg.
    My own Story is not to tell.
    It h(e)ardly coserned me when i first saw the Video of Bryan and “OR” with their Song “I Lived”

    Bryan …You are an Inspiration

    Move on Brother!

  2. Cyndi says:

    This song expresses exactly what our sweet James lived as he battled CF. He lost his battle this year last March one day shy of his 28th birthday but not before he lived every day to the fullest. We miss him terribly. He would love this song as he loved music and the fact that it draws attention to the disease, the fight and the search for a cure. Thank you One Republic and Bryan. #breathingforjamesmcmichael

  3. Kim says:

    My (21) year old neice recently passed away from Cystic Fibrosis this past October 2015 and she definitely lived her life to the fullest ! This song really speaks directly to me about her story and I’m sure to many others! Thank you One Republic for bringing awarenes in such a beautiful way! CF Aunt.

  4. Lisa says:

    My son just passed from cf last week at the age of 37. He truly did it all and lived life on his terms in spite of cf. he grew up fishing commercially on our seiner in Alaska. He was a great basketball player throughout high school. He did many things after high school but his ‘living the dream’ job was being a pile buck…building America! Hardest working guy you’d ever meet and he didn’t let having cf ever slow him down or stop his wonderful smile. Just like his sister who passed at the young age of 23 ten years ago. We hate cf!!

  5. Justin says:

    I’ve been battling cf for 22 years, this song gives me hope… Thank you for showing me how a positive attitude equals a positive life. Ill make sure i dont waste another minute not living. Stay strong and breathe easy everyone 💜

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