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. 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’ll find this story to be inspiring as we continue to make Great Strides in our efforts to find a cure for CF!
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Marching for Evan
Evan Ransom, the youngest of three boys in the Ransom household, is a happy, energetic four-year-old. To look at him, you would never guess that he was born eight weeks early and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. When his mom, Marty, learned this news, she knew she had to get friends, family, and her employer involved in his fight. She was not shy about sharing her story or connection to CF and as a result, her efforts have been successful.
Inspired by her son’s resilience, Marty started a Great Strides team - Team Evan - to help advance the Foundation’s efforts in finding a cure. As an elementary school teacher at Springwoods Elementary School, Marty next set into motion Jeans for Genes Day, during which, teachers and administrators make a donation to the CF Foundation in order to wear jeans to school. Over time, the Springwoods community wanted to do even more, which led to new fundraising events and educational moments for the school. During the morning PA announcements, Marty, along with Evan’s older brothers Addis and Damian, would talk about cystic fibrosis, including facts about CF, the treatments, and the effects of the disease. The schools “Kindness Krew,” a group of fifth graders who send messages of kindness and promote doing good in the community, along with their advisor, were so inspired by Marty’s story they volunteered to join in and spread awareness about CF throughout the school.
Marty’s fundraising efforts quickly gained incredible traction amongst the Springwoods Elementary School community, and inspired her to look for additional ways they could work together to raise funds and awareness for CF. This past May, with help from her local chapter, Marty coordinated the school’s first Mini March event, which is a smaller Great Strides walk hosted at and by a local school. All students, administrators and teachers at Springwoods Elementary walked in honor of Evan and all those living with CF, raising an incredible $1,276 in its first year.
How can you get your local school involved?
Marty’s advice to other parents and teachers is to start early. Starting a school-based campaign in the fall promotes fundraising throughout the school year, peaking in May with the celebration of CF awareness month, the Mini-March, and the end of the school year. Starting early also means there are more opportunities to teach students about CF and ample time to ask families to get involved in local Great Strides events.
Springwoods Elementary School Marches for Evan…who will your local school march for in 2018?
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