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Man: Okay, down a little to your left. Right there.

Right there.

I have a question for you guys.

And I would ju-- I mean, maybe you already said this in the thing, but...

what was it about when you first interviewed me

that made you want to do a whole thing on me?

Hey, it's me.

So when I was a kid, you always get asked, like, who your role models are.

And I realized that there was no one that looked like me.

There was no one really that was sick

that was a role model to me that was doing something

that was bigger than just their illness, right?

The only thing I saw of people who are sick

was St. Jude's commercials, you know?

Of little bald kids on the camera, like, smiling

and saying, "Give to the cause." That was it.

What kind of life is that? What are we pretty much telling people who are sick?

All they can amount to is some, you know, charity spokesperson, right?

It's dehumanizing.

The truth is people who are sick,

people who have suffered, have something beautiful

to give to the world.

So for me, it was really important to see people who are sick

who are thriving.

Right? It's important to have people who are sick

who are actually living full lives

so that kids like me, so that little Claire,

doesn't have to feel like all there is in the world

is being someone's pity case, you know?

That there's a life for her to live

and that it's gonna be wonderful.

So I'm dying...

faster than everyone else.

( music playing )

My name is Claire Wineland.

I've never really lived a normal life.

Okay, so...

No.

I can't take myself seriously in 'em.

Probably you're wondering why am I in the hospital.

I've had-- I have CF.

Cystic fibrosis.

I was born with cystic fibrosis,

so I was diagnosed at birth.

Cystic fibrosis is terminal.

And I-- it is very much going to kill me.

( coughing )

Hairball.

All right. Almost ready.

It is a genetic disease that causes an overload

of mucus to accumulate in your body,

which is disgusting.

So it slowly causes your organs to malfunction and fail.

( coughing ) Sorry.

That's okay. Want a tissue?

When I was born, my life expectancy was ten years old.

And then it moved to 13.

Then it moved to 16.

And then 19.

And now it's in twenties somewhere.

Who knows? Maybe 25. I'm hoping we get past 21.

Like, I just want-- I just want to go clubbing once.

Like, that's it. I don't ask for much in life.

Um, sorry, Mom, if you're watching this.

Um...

What happens is when you get to be a teenager with CF,

you start losing all will to function.

Because all you have been doing with your time

is taking care of yourself.

It's hours and hours and hours every single day of treatments.

So I do my best, do my nebulizers,

count out my pills, take my pills,

cut the pills that need cutting, check my blood sugar,

load up my insulin, do another set of treatment,

do another set of puffers, do another set of pills,

then do my breathing, then do my working out,

then take a nap because I'm exhausted at that point,

then wake up, then do another set of treatments.

This is when it's really fun to start singing.

( vocalizing )

Then eat a tremendous amount, because I have to eat around 5,000 calories in a day

or else I turn into a skeleton.

And pretty much, that's the routine for the entire day.

I'm back in the hospital.

And I'm making this video from the hospital.

I've been, uh, thrown in here for another couple of days.

I've had 35 surgeries. I've spent a quarter of my life in the hospital.

It's a very high maintenance disease.

And you start to feel like you are not a part of the world,

like you have nothing to give,

like you're just a machine that is taking care of itself.

( cheers and applause )

Is my mic on? I don't know if my mic is on.

Yeah? Hi.

Am I good? Is my-- ooh, there it is.

I'm actually not here to depress you all about cystic fibrosis.

Um, I'm actually here to talk about how do we change

the way that we treat sick people.

How do we stop pitying them and we start empowering them.

Every few months or so or less,

I was in the hospital for a period of weeks,

sometimes up to a month by myself.

Both my parents worked full time and--

and were trying to be able to kind of stay afloat,

and so they couldn't come and visit me all the time,

so they'd send, like, friends of theirs

or people that they knew from the program or stuff like that.

And they would walk in, and there'd just be this--

this tremendous feeling of, like,

pity that would enter the room.

and, like, they would tip-toe in.

You know what I mean? And, like, slowly sit down on the chair and, like,

give me a look of, like, "How are you doing?"

Meanwhile...

( laughing )

...I was having the time of my life.

I would get to get plucked out of school,

plucked away from tests and school drama.

I was put in my little bubble.

I decorated my room.

Lounging on, like, my lounge area.

I was okay. I was good. I was happy.

I was going in the right direction.

And I didn't understand why

everyone felt so sorry for me all the time.

I have lived the kind of life that all of you

spend your entire lives running from.

I've been sick and dying my entire life.

And yet, I am so proud of my life.

That's how innovation happens.

Innovation doesn't happen because there's some person

who is in a great circumstance and everything's going well.

And, like, you know, and they just get on a roll

and they make something for the world.

Innovation happens, art happens,

because of suffering.

And when we clamp down to that suffering,

when we teach people who are sick,

when you teach little seven-year-old me

that because I'm sick, I don't have anything to give to the world,

I don't have anything to create,

when you pity people who are sick,

you take away their power.

Hi, guys, it's Kirbie. Welcome back to "Pretty Unfiltered."

Today's guest is Claire Wineland.

You know her because she has her own YouTube channel.

I love her channel because she brings a reality

to people living with cystic fibrosis.

A lot of times, people are scared to talk about it

to people that are living with it.

And she just puts it out there, and she's really funny.

Just, how is this even possible?

I pretty much want to break down some of the barriers

that we tend to have with people who are sick, you know?

They're not this other thing.

They are a part of our world,

and we live complex and interesting lives.

So if you have any more questions...

If anyone has any questions...

If you all have any questions,

leave it in the comments below.

And I will make fun and interesting videos on them.

I can't wait to hear from you guys.

Are you filming?

My main mission in life, I think, is to dignify people who are sick,

and to inspire them to actually live their lives fully while they're sick,

and not wait around for someone else to come and fix them

before they're who they need to be.

Because you have to have a deep pride in your experience of life.

In all of it. In the messiness and the beautiful parts of it.

You have to have a pride in what you've been through,

and you have to actually function in the world.

You have to be something in the world.

And by doing that,

you have enough motivation to take care of yourself.

( coughing )

Sorry.

Bad allergies today. Ahem.

Okay, I'm gonna start at the beginning of the sentence.

By actually wanting to be a part of the world,

and by having something to give to the world,

you automatically inspire yourself to take care of yourself,

because you have something bigger that you're living for.

The cure to illness isn't actually anything to do with being healthy, right?

Fixing yourself when you're sick has nothing to do

with being healthy or fixing your body.

Fundamentally, what it has to do with

is fixing the way that you view your part

in the society and in the world.

Woman: Can I get a big smile?

All right!

We're all just trying to not feel so alone

and to feel like we have something that is worth giving.

And people will see that.

And people won't see you, they won't see your sickness,

they won't see how you fall short of this standard.

They'll only see what you're giving.

And that has been the only way that I've gotten through,

as that's what kind of led me to do everything that I've done.

- It's on. - Okay, sorry. Focusing.

Okay, this is my song.

It's called "Galaxies,"

and I hope you all enjoy.

( playing keyboard )

( clears throat )

My thoughts are stars

I cannot fathom into constellations

My mind's a map

That has lost its destination... ♪

The truth of the matter is, you know, I am not someone

who has necessarily suffered more than you, you know?

And I don't know what your story is.

I don't know who-- you know,

I don't know what you've been through in life.

But we fundamentally feel the exact same thing as human beings.

And I'm broken, but I'm fixable

And that's the worst kind

♪ 'Cause it means that the fault is on me

You learn a lot from being sad, and you learn a lot

from having life kind of beat you up.

You learn how to actually give something that's valuable.

So in times when life feels like it's too much,

it's a really, really good time

to realize that we all feel that way.

And that, the pain and the sadness and the moments, the lulls--

like, the lulls in your day are actually the time

when I think you're most deeply connected to the rest of humanity.

I'm not that

I'm broken, but I'm fixable

And that's the worst kind

♪ 'Cause it means that the fault is on me

Did it!

( music playing )

There's this notion that we go through life with

that if we are just better-- you know what I mean?

If we just do more,

if we just fix ourselves more,

if we become better people, if we get healthy, right?

That was what I always heard from the doctors.

It was this never-ending conversation

of once you're healthy, then you can live your life.

Once you're healthy, then you'll be happy.

Once you're healthy, then you'll be okay.

And we all go through life with that.

That's not just sick people. That's all of us.

Like, once we're rich, we'll be okay.

Once we are in love, we'll be okay.

Once we have a family, we'll be okay.

Health itself is never gonna make your life better,

but for some reason, people don't want to frame it that way.

If I was to sit here and say, "Money doesn't equal happiness,

it's what you do with the money,"

you'd be like, "Yeah, completely."

But, if I was to say, you know,

"Being healthy doesn't matter,

it's what you do with the health,"

people don't like hearing that necessarily.

And that took me a very long time to realize

because I was always trying to get convinced

to do the next best thing, to do a lung transplant,

to do this procedure, to do this experimental thing,

which were all really damaging to my quality of life.

( coughing )

You're kind of prepped for lung transplant.

From the time you're a teenager onwards,

you're, like, prepared for getting new lungs.

The embarrassing thing is I've been evaluated three times

for a lung transplant.

And two of those times,

when push came to shove, and they were like,

"So, do you want it?" I was like, "Nope!"

And I left. And I left them.

For years, I had, like, this stupid list

of medical reasons as to why I don't want a transplant.

And that's obviously not the reason.

I mean, I've been through enough painful medical procedures already.

But what scared me was how much pressure

a lung transplant was to do something of value.

Because that's someone else's lungs.

That's someone who-- who died and has--

and is giving you chance to actually do something.

And I think that that's-- is a very interesting,

you know, nuance for me

because I've always fundamentally believed

that health doesn't mean anything

unless you're actually doing something with it.

Most people go through life with the assumption

that they are going to live

into their fifties, sixties, seventies,

eighties, nineties, or hundreds.

I never had that assumption, right?

It was always very deeply ingrained in my consciousness

that I wasn't going to live past the age of, like,

you know, I don't know, late teens, early twenties.

Today I have a special guest with me.

This is my lovely mother.

How do you cope with the thought of me dying?

- Let's get serious. - Wow. Wow.

Yeah, sorry. No pressure.

Wow. It's funny. That has transitioned over the years.

Um, I think right when you were a baby,

all I could think about was "What if she dies?"

Um, it's a good question.

When I was 13, I nearly died.

And I-- I mean, I did technically die, but I came back.

So it, like, doesn't count, I don't think.

- Ready? - Yeah.

- I'm sorry. - It's okay.

I went in for a routine surgery,

and I got a blood infection afterwards, and I didn't know.

And so it was around two days after the surgery,

and all of a sudden, I spiked a fever,

and my oxygen saturation started to drop.

And so then I started to feel it, and I'm like,

"Hey, I-- I can't breathe."

And, um, around an hour later,

I went into full-blown lung failure.

( music playing )

When you have CF, you have to have a close relationship to death.

I deeply did not fear it.

I remember the first three hours,

it was really weird because I had this sudden, like, epiphany.

I was like, "I'm dying."

Like, "This is-- I'm in lung failure.

This is actually-- this is my progression into death."

I was like, "It's fine. I'm prepared for this."

Because I had. I had prepared my entire life for this.

And then four hours into it,

it stopped being funny, and it stopped being cute,

and it stopped being interesting,

and it started to be terrifying.

( music playing )

Couldn't breathe.

And I-- I mean, I was literally suffocating while awake.

I didn't want to be knocked out or unconscious

because I wanted-- I thought that if I wasn't conscious,

I wouldn't be able to have any kind of control over myself.

When my mom was there and I was looking at her,

and I was like, "I'm not okay, am I?"

And she's like, "No, you're not okay."

But it was like this wave of terror washed over me.

And I was mad at myself for being scared.

I was like, you know, "You're being dumb."

Like, "It's death, it's okay. You knew this was coming."

And then after the terror, like, left,

there was this grief, you know?

Like I grieved how much potential there was in me

and how much of that I didn't utilize

in the time that I had.

And I grieved it. It wasn't fear.

It wasn't, like, "Oh, God, I don't want to die."

It was like, "Wow.

There is so much that a human being is capable of doing," you know?

"And I won't be able to do that."

And then, uh, as they put me in a medically-induced coma,

three weeks later, I came out of it.

And I couldn't move, I couldn't sit up,

I couldn't walk, I couldn't hold a fork.

And, uh...

and in those months, that's when I created the foundation.

( music playing )

Hey, this is me, Claire. ( clears throat )

As you know, we are starting Claire's Place Foundation,

which is going to be basically

to help other children and families with CF.

The foundation came to me at a time

where I was the sickest and the weakest

and the most confused that I think I've ever been in my entire life.

Ooh, it's been wonderful.

I realized that I had spent so much of my life

trying to pretend that I wasn't sick

and pretend that I hadn't gone through this crazy,

you know, different experience of life from everyone else.

And I realized that where my power really laid

is in the fact that I had gone through

all of this painful stuff at such a young age

and I understood how incredibly important life was.

For me, what purpose really meant

was changing the conversation around someone who's sick

where they have to wait and wait and wait

until the day that they're healthy before they do anything

to this notion that I could be exactly who I was in the moment

with all of my mess-ups and my failures

and my pain and my complications.

That I could be a sick person

and still have something to give,

still have a life worth living.

And so in the months that I was recovering,

I started to notice how many gaps there were

in support for families

whose kids were really sick in the hospital.

When you're a parent of a CF'er and your kid is dying,

you want to be able to be there with them.

But a lot of these parents don't have the support

that they need to be able to be there with them.

They have to go to work.

They have to be able to pay their bills.

They have to pay their car payments.

I started to kind of see this need

in the sick people community

for some kind of financial support

for when families are with their kids.

And ever since the time I was a kid,

and I think everyone has this experience,

you're taught that someone else is gonna do it.

That there's someone else that knows more than you.

That there's someone else that can do this better.

That you're not there yet. You're not ready yet.

And I realized that I can't spend my entire life

waiting for someone to give me permission

to live a life that I'm proud of.

So I founded the Claire's Place Foundation.

So I'm gonna hand over the microphone to Claire Wineland.

It's really an honor to be here.

I'm trying to start a foundation and trying to give back.

I was terrified for the first, like, four years.

( laughs )

We had no idea what we were doing,

and I was only 13 and no one took me seriously.

And, um, and I think that

that forced me to grow so much as a person.

But it was amazing that once I started taking steps

in the direction that I wanted to go,

new and new and new opportunities popped up

and more doors opened, and I made new connections.

And it was insane.

Hi, I'm Joe Manganiello.

This is my friend Claire Wineland.

- Hey, Claire. - I always had this image of, like,

when you find your passion and your moment,

like, it's epic.

And it never is.

It's small every single day decisions

to show up and apply yourself.

And that's what makes the most, you know, impact

in what you're doing in your life,

is small everyday decisions to show up.

( music playing )

Now, seven years later, I'm looking back on it

and thinking about how incredibly blessed I am

that I've gotten to do what I love for seven years

and help as many people as I have.

It's amazing what a little bit of financial support can do

to families so that they can be there with their kids

and help them heal and not have to worry

about possibly losing their home and their child.

And it all came from just running ahead

through being terrified.

And so I'm very lucky that I get to do what I do.

You've been able to help so many families,

and so I thank all of you for your support.

Thank you all for being here.

( cheers and applause )

Hey, everyone, it's Claire.

Um, recently I've been getting sick

and I haven't been able to get better,

and it's taken a lot more to make me healthy again.

You know, that's never fun.

So, um, yeah, I'll make another video eventually,

and I love you all and thank you so much for your support as always.

Bye.

I heard it growing up all the time

that there will become a point

where you just stop being able to get better at all.

And it will be fast, and it will be like a blink of an eye,

and then all of a sudden, you're, like, on your death bed.

And I heard that from other CF'ers, too.

And I knew it--

understood it in a very, um,

like, logistical sense.

But I didn't understand what that would mean

for the actual quality of my life,

and I didn't understand what that would mean for, um...

...how that would affect, you know,

what I wanted to do with my time while I was here.

( coughing )

The truth is, I have maybe a year,

a year and a half left.

So, last year, my lung function was around 35%,

and now it's around 28 to 25%.

So that means it's dropped 10% in a year.

If things keep going the way they're going,

I'll either be dead or I'll be bedridden or, um,

kind of incapable of doing much with myself.

It's hard having your lungs fail.

And it's hard having spent your entire life

taking care of yourself and feeling that not work.

And I've-- I've never wanted to lie to people

and say that it's easier.

That it's not really, really scary

and really painful, because it is.

And I always hate going into the cliché of--

of it makes you feel how precious life is.

But...

um...

...having to feel yourself die

again and again and again...

...it makes you realize that

there is so much potential in being alive

that we just never tap into.

Hello.

Um, this is my third time

trying to record this video.

And... I just feel like I can't seem to do it

because I don't want to on such a deep level.

I don't want to make this video.

It's, like, it hurts

everything inside of me to have to make this video.

I'm really lucky that I've gotten to...

have the life that I've had

and work as hard as I have

and make something of myself

that's more than just a sick person.

And I-- and then this year,

I lost that ability.

You know? Like, I couldn't work,

and I've never felt more embarrassed

in my entire life.

And I think that there comes a point when you realize

that if you're right,

if you really think you have something to give in the world,

then you have to do everything you can

to put yourself in a position where you're able to give it.

And I can't give anything when I'm like this

and when I'm this sick,

and I-- I can't give anything until...

until I get lungs.

So, with all that being said, um,

and me being just horrendously depressing,

I have a GoFundMe,

and, uh...

I need new lungs.

I don't make any money on the foundation.

I never have, and I don't ever want to.

Um...

but I can't work, and you need tons of money

to be able to get through a transplant.

I want to promise everyone

just because I want to promise it to myself that

I'm not getting these lungs just to be healthy.

I don't care about that.

I'm getting these lungs so that I can

do something for everyone.

So I can give something

that the world needs.

I don't know, so that I can--

I can help people.

And it's stupid.

Oh, it's stupid.

I sound like such a--

I didn't know this video

was just gonna be me crying my eyes out.

There's so much more I want to do.

There really is, and that's so depressing to say.

Like, it's-- it's--

But in order to do that, I need help.

And I need support,

and I can't do it by myself.

So here I am.

Um...

And I didn't realize how much of my life I--

I sort of felt protected by being sick.

I felt protected in a weird sort of way

because it was like a get out of jail free card, right?

Like, if I didn't do anything that great

or I didn't-- I didn't--

I didn't give enough or I didn't do anything

that would really make me feel proud,

it was okay because I have an excuse.

I was sick.

And, at the end of the day,

like, that's why I kept--

that's why I kept saying no to transplant,

and that's why I kept saying no to being healthy

is because I was-- I was safe being sick.

And it's-- and the thing is,

I think that as I'm saying this,

'cause I know a lot of people

don't relate to that, you know?

Like, a lot of people aren't already dying,

so they're not like--

you know, they don't relate to it.

But...

I think that what people do relate to

is playing it safe.

And I think people do relate to the fact

that it's easier--

it's easier to say that we're not doing incredible things

because of situations in our life.

It's easy to do that.

It's hard to say maybe the reason

I'm not the person that I want to be

is because I'm not really giving

anything of value of myself to the world right now.

Like, maybe the reason I'm not the person I want to be

is because right now in this moment

I'm not doing what I should be doing.

Whoo!

I feel like choosing to get a lung transplant for me

means choosing to experience a lot of pain

and trusting that you're gonna do something worthwhile.

And, uh, and I--

I don't think I've trusted myself for a long time,

but I'm starting to.

( music playing )

I started sobbing when I started seeing

the donations that were coming in.

It was all like $5, $10 donations.

That got to $200,000 with $10 donations is just--

it's just mind-boggling to me.

I don't even--

I don't have any words, really, to say how grateful I am.

Like, there's no way-- there's no way to describe it.

Like, I can't just-- it's way more

than can be put into a video of like,

"Thanks for donating, guys. This is great."

Like, you don't know.

You have no idea what you did for us.

How much you changed, not just, like, what I can do,

but you also...

took such a huge weight off of me

that I just don't even know how to repay you.

So, I guess let's do this.

It's, uh, 5:30 in the morning,

and I just got the call for new lungs.

Ah!

I'm literally just running around.

Um, I don't even know what to do.

It's not even like-- ( stammering )

Like, I would think there would be more nerves,

but I literally just don't know what to do.

What is one supposed to do?

What do you bring to an event where you get new lungs?

What are you supposed to pack, you know?

Do I bring a nice pair of clothes?

Like, I don't know.

Okay.

- It's recording already. - Oh, shit.

- Okay, wait, ready? Okay, go. - You're fine. You're fine.

Okay, here we go. We got the call at 5:30 AM.

We're heading to UCSC. Ooh, that's a bad angle.

To pretend

My life

Will never end

And flowers never bend

( music playing )

I feel like most of us go our entire lives

with never really meeting ourselves.

Like, most of us will go our entire life with ever--

with never really understanding

or knowing who we fundamentally are.

If I didn't have a relationship to death,

really, and to what that actually looks like,

what kind of person would I have been?

You know what I mean?

And what kind of person would I be?

And that is very scary because...

I think everything good in my life

has come from my sickness.

And-- and that's a--

that's a terrifying thing to admit to someone, you know?

Because then what else is there?

I think what it is

is that you can spend your entire life

running away from yourself

and running away from your own suffering

if you blame it on circumstance.

It's hard to blatantly sit here and say,

"I don't want to be healthy," because obviously, I do.

I want to be able to live and I want to be able

to experience things and have the energy

to do things again, you know?

Like, that would be beautiful.

But there is a really fine line between wanting something

because of what you can give with that thing

versus wanting it because you think

it's gonna make life better.

- Careful with that. - ( groans )

- All right. - Can I give you a hug?

One sec. Can I give--

I love you. I love you.

- I love you. - All right, we're gonna take--

- ( overlapping chatter ) - I love you, angel.

- So much. So proud of you. - She's in good hands.

On the other side. On the other side.

- All right. - You're in good hands.

- Go with the angels. - Okay.

All right, off we go.

Mother: Surgery went perfectly.

Surgeons came out and were like,

"Everything went great. The lungs are beautiful.

We've never seen such a beautiful pair of lungs."

And her cheeks had started to get rosy...

Okay, let's go.

...from the oxygen flowing, and we were so excited.

It was a really beautiful experience

until she had a complication of surgery,

which was a stroke.

She never came out of the anesthesia

from the original surgery, so she didn't feel any pain.

And we really were so expecting it to go great.

She'd always been a beater of the odds.

Many times in her life, it was very dire,

and she would just, you know, come through.

So I expected that to happen again.

Um, her father and I were in the room with her.

And we held her and said our good-byes and...

I just think Claire had this sense of

larger than life perspective on life.

We heard a lot of messages from people all around the world.

Um, even people maybe without disabilities, per se,

but with maybe depression

or feeling separated from the world.

They identified with her message of, you know,

"We're all in this together, you know?

You gotta make something beautiful of your life."

Claire Wineland passed away. She was 21...

I felt like I knew her through her social media and all that.

I randomly found her YouTube.

- As if everyone who had... - Everyone who listened to her speak...

- She really helped me. - ( overlapping voices )

She gives me a sense of peace in myself.

She reminded me every time I watched that video, like, that is me.

I think she did that to millions of people.

She always wanted to-- just to make a difference in this world.

We all loved you so much.

- It's crazy. I'm sad... - I found her story. I just felt so inspired.

We're gonna miss you.

Mother: I think she touched a lot of people with that message,

so I'm very proud of her.

Ladies and gentlemen, Claire Wineland.

( music playing )

Hi, it's Claire. Hi, this is Claire.

Hi, my name is Claire Wineland,

and I'm going to share with you

some of the ways that I like to stay positive.

I think I was given CF so that people would hear me.

I'm kind of like a moving,

walking slap in the face for people.

- And, you know... - ( laughter )

CF is my life, and I've learned how to make it awesome.

You can be creative with your mind and your body.

Have your fill of fun.

I got to do so much awesome things

I never thought I could do.

I was taking my experience and I was giving something.

I was doing something.

I was living a life that I was proud of.

When I was a kid, there was no one that looked like me.

There was no one, really, that was sick that was a role model to me.

And then I realized that I became the person

that little me would have been inspired by.

So I want to encourage you all.

Instead of wanting to be in the future

and wanting to do something good in the future,

do something now.

Maybe for once we should stop

trying to get over our problems,

trying to get rid of our problems,

trying to jump through hoops to evade our problems.

Maybe we should start using them.

'Cause they're one of the biggest gifts you will ever be given.

You just have to have the courage.

And that is very empowering.

So let's just live in the moment.

You know, we'll see where it goes from here.

Well, I'm actually gonna say good-bye for now.

Really, I am so grateful to everybody

who was there for me.

I'm sad to go, but it is what it is.

And we'd have to leave anyway eventually, so...

If you take anything from my little talk,

it's to cherish every second and make the best out of what you have.

Stick to your dreams and they will come true.

Try and find the things in your life that are--

that make you happy to be there at the moment.

And you can really face anything.

Just try, you know?

It's all I ask.

( music playing )

I'm gonna drop some wisdom on your head right now.

Oh. Or I'm gonna drop my notebook.

- A little bit of both. - Okay, so this is Claire's first driving experience.

- Ah. - Go ahead, sweetie. Just head up the ramp.

And turn it to the-- Okay! All right, all right. It's all right.

Oh, what? I cannot be trusted with the camera.

So I'm sure you're wondering

why the heck I'm hanging upside down.

Come on.

I love coffee!

It's my favorite.

Whew, wow!

Get down tonight, ooh

Get down tonight, ooh

I've had that stuck in my head, like, all day.

Whee! Whoa.

Almost just fell off the spinny chair.

Do your best impression of me.

Okay, um, "Hi, I'm Claire. I love everyone!

I'm so sweet, and I'm a social butterfly, and I talk a lot."

Okay, there you go. That's my impression.

If you would love to give support

and help us do what we do,

you can go to ClairesPlaceFoundation.org

and donate anything you can.

The Description of Claire | The Documentary