We are looking forward to another year at the Great Strides walk and we would love to have you be a part of Carter's Crew! It has been three years since cystic fibrosis has become part of our normal. I so vividly remember going in for Carter's one week appointment completely oblivious to the news that I was about to recieve. It is heartbreaking and scary as a parent to get the news that your child child has a life-threatening disease and will have to do daily treatments in order to "just breathe."
Three years later and there are still days where we are completely overwhelmed by cf, but now there are also moments where we are struck with complete gratitude and thankfulness. This is because we have seen how hard the cf community fights and we have seen how much love we are surrounded with. Carter has so many people in his corner cheering him on and this is truly what keeps us going. This boy is the most resilient and tough three year old. I have yet to meet another toddler who initiates his daily breathing treatment time and reminds us that he needs his "apple juice medicine", Kalydeco.
Carter is tough and we have no doubt that he is going to be an incredible cf fighter, but we walk because we know that here is more in store for all of those with cf. Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the reality is the lives of people with cf are still cut far too short. We are in it until it's done. By walking alongside us in our journey you are helping provide hope for us, Carter and all those with cf. We have have every reason to believe that the cure is within reach and we are excited to be a part of it!
Please consider joining Carter's Crew by signing up below or making a donation to our team. We appreciate all of the love and support!
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.