Welcome to our National Team TnT Great Strides walk page! Thank you for stopping by!
Our Great Strides journey is a very unique one, and actually began about 14 years ago, when I met a woman whose newborn granddaughter, Faith, had just been diagnosed with Cystic fibrosis. I became inspired to help them find a cure, so I joined their Great Strides team, Team FaithFULL, and began fundraising and spreading awareness about CF. Little did I know, not only was I fundraising for a cure for thousands of young people... I was actually fundraising for a cure for my own future children.
In 2008, I became a proud mommy of twin daughters, Taryn and Teagan. Everything seemed perfect... until I got a call that no parent wants to get. Taryn's newborn screen test showed that she tested positive for Cystic fibrosis. Life seemed to stop for a moment, as the devastation set in. But just as quickly, a wave of calmness and strength took over. I had been unknowingly prepared for this. I knew all about CF. I had an amazing support system of friends and family, and many other CF parents I had met through my Great Strides volunteering. I knew all about the amazing resources the CF Foundation has for parents and patients. I knew all about the work they are doing to help find a cure. And I knew just how close they were coming to one.
That year, I formed my first Great Strides team, Carin' For Taryn, and with the help of one of my best friends and fellow CF mom, Stephanie Davis (Team FaithFULL), we chaired our first Great Strides Walk. Over 25 teams and 500 walkers showed up that day to walk for a cure! In 2010, my daughter Taya was born... and diagnosed with CF. So our team name Carin' For Taryn changed and became Team TnT (for Taryn and Taya) and we became a National Team with the help of hundreds of friends and family all across the nation, who have set up Team TnT walk teams in St. Louis, Chicago, Redding, Tahoe, and Sacramento! Collectively, we are helping to KABOOM Cystic fibrosis for good!
This year will be our TWELFTH year participating in Great Strides, and ten of those years have been spent serving as our Sacramento Chairperson on the planning committee... something that I'll always be so grateful to be a part of! During the past twelve years, our collective efforts for the Sacramento Great Strides Walk have helped raise over $2 MILLION dollars towards researching a cure for CF! The money has helped create breakthrough medications, like Kalydeco, Orkambi, and the newest "miracle" drug-- Symdeko! Additionally, we're the closest we've ever been to a cure, and are anticipating some major milestone medications this year and next year! It's an exciting time to be a part of this, and your donations are making it all happen! We hope you can join us in making history as we soon help make CF stand for Cure Found!
We'll be walking on Saturday, May 4th and would love to have you join our Team TnT at Crocker Park! You can sign up as a walker, or as a virtual walker, and help us fundraise towards our team goal! We appreciate all of your love and support and thank you for all you do for Taryn, Taya, and the 75,000 others fighting this CF fight each day!
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.