Why We Stride
On the 30th anniversary of Great Strides – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event – we celebrate the many milestones we have achieved thanks to our supporters. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in over 400 walks across the country to support the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness about this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Their dedication over the past 30 years has resulted in tremendous progress.
The CF Foundation is leading the way in innovative research and drug development, promoting high-quality, individualized care, and helping people with CF live better today. Nearly every CF drug was made possible by the Foundation and because of funds raised from Great Strides, people with CF are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing their dreams.
While we have come so far, we still have so much work to do. The lives of people with this disease are still cut far too short.
Great Strides provides a fantastic opportunity for family, friends, students, and colleagues to come together and make a difference. The event harnesses the power of people with a shared vision and encourages collaboration, team building, and leadership, as we take steps to find a cure.
Your participation in Great Strides matters a lot! We don’t just want to treat CF, we want to end CF.
The time is now. Together, we can cross the finish line.
Now, let’s LACE UP. WALK. CURE CYSTIC FIBROSIS.
To hear why other members of your community stride, be sure to read Great Stories.
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Important note on attendance for people with CF and their families:
The health and well-being of people with cystic fibrosis is our top priority. Medical evidence shows that certain bacteria can be passed between individuals who have CF and can lead to worse symptoms and speed decline in lung function. To limit the serious risk of cross-infection between people with CF, at any outdoor event, people with CF should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other.
For more information, please call us at 800 FIGHT CF.
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