My Great Strides Story
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, I will be joining hundreds of walkers to raise money to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis by taking part in The Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk in Manchester, NH. Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the respiratory and digestive systems. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, which can lead to life-threatening lung infections, as well as obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene and about 1,000 new cases of Cystic Fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
I have a personal stake in this particular event. My son, Cameron, who was born on April 28, 2011, was diagnosed with this disease when he was 20 days old. He is now almost 6years old and thriving due to early intervention and treatment thanks to the advancement of Cystic Fibrosis research. Not only do I want to help fundraise money to help find a cure for my son, but also for all of the other families whose lives are affected by this disease.
This will be our sixth year as “Cam’s Crew”. Over the past five years, we have raised over $50,000 and have teams in 4 states, which has allowed us to be recognized as a National Family Team! I am hoping to raise $7,500 on my own this year and hope to have a big team on walk day! Through your involvement you will help to add tomorrows every day to the lives of those with Cystic Fibrosis. Your donation is tax-deductible.