CF Climb, Stories of Success
We hope you’ll find our featured CF Climb to be inspiring as we continue to reach new heights in the search for a cure for CF!
Featured Climb: Denver, Colorado
Who We Are
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Colorado Chapter hosted their 4th Annual CF Climb in 2013, raising more than $100,000 to support the search for a cure. Hundreds of participants gathered to take part in an exhilarating 3,865-step stair-climb around Sports Authority Field at Mile High to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis.
Team Highlight Kennedy’s Queasy Climbers
Kennedy’s Queasy Climbers, led by Patrick and Nicole Jacques, have been participating in CF Climb since 2010. Patrick and Nicole got involved with the CF Foundation seven years ago when their daughter Kennedy was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a newborn. When the CF Climb began in 2010, the Jacques thought it would be a fun way to get their friends, family members, and co-workers involved in the search for a cure, while also helping them stay physically fit. With 25 climbers participating in 2013, Kennedy’s Queasy Climbers raised more than $37,000 bringing them to a total of more than $70,000 raised since 2010.
Patrick attributes the team’s success to starting early and encouraging others to join or donate to support his team through an email-writing campaign. “In our emails, we really tried to paint a picture of what living with CF means to Kennedy,” Patrick said. “When people see her, they see a vibrant, beautiful and healthy girl. Most have never seen her taking her many daily medications, doing her vest and inhaled therapies or having a severe coughing fit. Understanding what Kennedy goes through helps people understand why we need a cure.”
Patrick’s Advice for Other CF Climb Teams
The most important thing is to give everyone you know an opportunity to help. The more that I have reached out to extended friends, customers and coworkers, the more I am surprised by how many people are willing to contribute. Occasionally, people will even make a big donation because of their connection to the cause.
Also, don’t be afraid to send reminder emails. People often get inundated with emails during work week. They see your email and fully intend to contribute but then your email gets buried in their inbox. I try to send my emails out on Friday or Saturday. That way, they see the email as they are cleaning up and heading out for the weekend, or they will see it Sunday night as they are preparing for the week ahead. Many people will even thank you for reminding them!
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Colorado Chapter hosted their 4th Annual CF Climb in 2013, raising more than $100,000 to support the search for a cure.
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