We are Katie's Krew and we are walking for my sister, Katie, who has cystic fibrosis. She was diagnosed as a newborn in the hospital and our parents were told she would likely not live beyond her 18th birthday. She is now 41 years old and in good health! Katie has never let the disease get her down. She is always upbeat and positive with a smile on her face. She has to get up extra early to do her treatment before going to work, remember to take pills with her everywhere she goes, and end the day with another treatment. She doesn’t complain about it. To her, life is a gift and she feels blessed to be alive every day. But the reality is, Katie is a blessing to those around her.
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends, and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. By joining our team and/or making a donation, you are joining a growing group of people committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. We will not rest until all those with cystic fibrosis have a cure. The time is now. Together, we can conquer this disease.
Important note on Attendance at Foundation Events:
Infections can exacerbate CF symptoms and worsen lung function, so we ask attendees at Foundation-sponsored events to observe the following best practices to reduce the risk of germ transmission:
Regularly wash hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Maintain a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.
To further reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation’s attendance policy recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times while attending an outdoor Foundation-sponsored event. All Great Strides walks are non-smoking events.