Great Strides, Great Stories
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraiser. Every year, families, donors and friends take steps to help support the search for a cure. Each month through the end of the year, we’ll feature a special person or team who played an integral role in the 2014 Great Strides walks. We hope you’ll find this story to be inspiring as we continue to make Great Strides in our efforts to find a cure for CF!
Jamey Phipps — Team Mason
Walk: Lockport, New York
Chapter: New York Chapter – Buffalo Office
Team: Team Mason, co-led by Jamey Phipps, his son and daughter-in-law Jason and Meaghan, and grandson, Mason, 2, who has CF
Impact: Raised $50,954 so far in 2014
Why I Walk
Two years ago, my grandson Mason was diagnosed with CF. We’d never heard of the disease so our first question was what can we do to find a cure? We learned of the Foundation through our local lung center. I figured my tax dollars helped to fund this organization, but was surprised to learn that the Foundation receives no government funding for research. That’s when it started to sink in that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and all of its successes would not be possible without dedicated families and supporters who give their time and talents for this cause.
How I Fundraise
We do a lot of small “feeder” programs. My son hosts a KanJam tournament, which is like Frisbee with garbage cans. We have dress-down days at work, conduct silent auctions at a variety of events, and send out a lot of letters in the early spring. We don’t make one big ask. Instead, we make fundraising a year-round activity. We raise anywhere from $200 to $1,800 at each event, but over time, those amounts really add up.
My Favorite Part of Great Strides
I love the group photo we take each year. I love standing behind that banner with friends, family, neighbors and everyone who comes out to support Mason and the search for a cure. Each year the group gets bigger and more diverse and the unity and energy you feel is inspiring.
What I'm Thankful For
I’m so thankful for all of the other families, corporate sponsors and volunteers who help fund the Foundation, as well as the many brilliant people we’ve met who work at all levels of the organization. You can really feel the power and strength that comes from the commitment of people who are helping our children achieve their dreams.
My dream for Mason is that he is able to dream. I want him to aspire to whatever level of greatness he feels at that particular moment and to confidently stride in that direction without limits.
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Great Strides team Team Mason has raised over $50,000 so far in 2014 to help support the Foundation’s mission.
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