Great Strides, Great Stories
Great Strides harnesses the power of people with a shared vision and encourages collaboration, team building, and leadership, as we pursue a cure. In this section, we’ll feature a special person or team who played an integral role in Great Strides and within their local CF community. We hope you find these stories to be inspiring as we continue to take steps towards the finish line.
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Walk Day Through Harley Konner’s Eyes
Harley Konner has enjoyed walking in Great Strides since 1989 -- first participating as a toddler alongside her parents, and now leading her own team at age 31. “I love seeing everyone come out. It’s always amazing to see how many people show up for us and rally to spread awareness and raise money. “
When you talk to Harley, you immediately feel her passion for life and her desire to experience it to the fullest -- from surfing, traveling the world, and taking in all LA has to offer -- making her an ideal Great Strides ambassador for the Los Angeles Chapter this year. As an ambassador, Harley had the opportunity to share her excitement about walk day by taking over the Chapter’s social media for a month and was invited to share her story with a broader audience when she was interviewed on a local news channel, KTLA 5.
For Harley, serving in the role of a local ambassador meant that she could shine a new light on cystic fibrosis. “I wanted to give CF a voice and a face,” she said. “I wanted to show that people who have CF don't look a certain way and can live normal lives thanks to fundraisers like Great Strides backing all these clinical trials and treatments over the years.”
Harley never loses sight of why it is so important for her team to come together on walk day. “It’s incredible -- the progress that’s being made -- and it’s because of our efforts,” she said.
Since starting her own team in Los Angeles, Team Harley has raised over $100,000, and this year her team has already raised over $12,000. “I made a recent switch from Orkambi to Symdeko this year, so my friends see up close the impact their participation in Great Strides has made in my life. They can see what a difference their dollars make and that is super important.”