Our CF Climb Story
I know most of you are aware that our oldest son, Clayton, lost his life after he was hit on his motorcycle on May 7th of this year. Clay was only 17 years old and was an amazing human being with a heart of gold. He had chosen to be an organ donor due to the fact that his two younger siblings have Cystic Fibrosis. He was able to save the lives of 7 people due to his selfless act of kindness. Touching the lives of so many in life and after death.
I want to start by telling you a little bit about my son. He was born on March 11, 2002 to myself, Jessica Gaudry, and my husband, Tony Gaudry.
He was the best thing we could have ever asked for. He grew up loving to fish, hunt, and ride dirt bikes. He was also extremely intelligent. In his preteen
years he played basketball and was an All-star pitcher. As he got older, he took an interest in hockey and that is what brought us from Bourbonnais, IL to Crown Point, IN. Once we arrived in Crown Point, he took a liking to his teachers and his school work more than ever. His academic future was becoming extremely bright. He decided to quit hockey and focus on his schoolwork. He was in all high honors classes and during high school, he even started taking many dual credit courses to help with his college future. He was currently carrying a 4.2 GPA and was taking his ACT's for the second time as no score would ever be good enough to make him happy. He was truly a perfectionist. He had his sights set on going to IU Bloomington to study finance as math was his favorite subject. Even through all of this, he made time to help all of his friends at school with their homework as he was the type of person that would literally "give the shirt off his own back". This was very evident at his services as the over 1,000 people passed through the church. Above all, he was an amazing older brother to his brother and sister, Ethan (now 14) and Lauryn (now 10). His siblings both have Cystic Fibrosis so Clay spent a lot of time going to doctors with us and helping his
younger siblings with treatments. He was truly always an angel.
This is our families 8th year climbing to raise money for a cure. At first I wasn't sure that we could do this event in the wake of the tragedy of losing Clayton. But I came to realize that Clay would want us to do this. So this year we are Climbing for Clayton, in the hopes that a cure will soon be found. We are honoring him with every step we take.
We are so very excited about this years climb and we have made a commitment to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help support vital cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care programs. I am here to you to ask for your help. CF is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the respiratory and digestive systems of tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Ten million Americans are symptomless carriers of one copy of the defective gene that causes the disease. And, at least one precious life is lost to CF every day.
This event is on Sunday September 22nd at the White Sox field. Will you join us to the top? I'm participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s CF Climb event and invite you to join me! Registering online is easy and fast! Just click the "Register" button on this page to begin the registration process. You can build your own home page and start collecting donations from your friends and family. If you decide that climbing is for you then you can just click "Donate" to donate money to this cause. Every penny counts and we are so thankful for every little bit. Will you please consider making a donation to support our efforts? Your charitable contribution is 100 percent tax-deductible. I promise you that your donation will not go to waste. When you make a donation to the CF Foundation, you are helping to ensure that children with CF will live longer and more productive lives. Perhaps the best evidence that many people with cystic fibrosis are living longer is the fact that more than 45 percent of the CF patient population is now 18 or older.
Recently developed therapies and specialized care have enabled people with CF to gain greater control over their disease. So, children and adults are not only living longer, but also living with a better quality of life. I am confident that, with your help, there will be a cure soon. Many scientists believe that this may be a disease that we can see a cure for in our lifetime. Thank you for helping this dream to come true. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. More than ten million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. Advances continue to be made in finding a cure, but your help is needed now -- more than ever -- to help keep up the momentum of this life-saving research. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org
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Climbing for Ethan and Lauryn!!!