I am walking in honor of my sister (in-law) Melissa Siik.
Melissa is a wife and mother of four young children. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Melissa also has cystic fibrosis.
Growing up, Melissa was told that her breathing difficulties and chronic cough were the result of asthma. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child in 2008 that she was finally diagnosed with a rare form of cystic fibrosis.
Even though she may not “look sick” on the outside, those of us close to her know that Melissa struggles every day just to breathe. Her regimen of medications and breathing treatments consumes hours of her day everyday. Melissa faces constant challenges including multiple exacerbations, a form of asthma on top of the CF, and a battle with an epic case of hives caused by an allergic reaction to a medicine that was actually improving her breathing.
Through all the struggles and the pain, Melissa is a true warrior and an inspiration to us all. Somehow, she manages to demonstrate a pure grace throughout all the medicines, treatments, doctor’s appointments, multiple hospital stays and procedures.
The money that I raise will go directly to the CF foundation and will help fund research, treatments and supportive services for people battling cystic fibrosis, including Melissa.
Please support me!
Help me reach my fundraising goal by donating to my Great Strides fundraising campaign. Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting life-saving research and medical progress. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.