Join our team and help add tomorrows! Join TEAM UNICORN!!
In January 2009, our two- month old daughter, Tina, was officially diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Tina is a sweet, spunky, amazing, and brave 10 year old who fights everyday just to live and breathe.
CF is a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and other organs. No cure exists. However, scientists have made significant progress in the search for a cure, especially in recent years, and we have real reason to hope that, with enough funding, these scientists will develop drugs that eliminate or drastically reduce the symptoms for most or all those with CF in the coming years.
The research and drugs being developed through the backing of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are Tina's best chance for a normal and long life. For 30 years, Great Strides – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event – has supported the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis. Tina's team – TEAM UNICORN -- will not only be walking for Tina, but for all those with CF.
Great Strides Columbia, a family-friendly 5K-walk, will be held May 4th at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood, SC. This fun event raises awareness for people with CF and their families and funds for research. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to donate and ask others for support. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.
Did you know that the Cystic Fibrosis foundation has no federal funding, ZERO, unlike so many other diseases and medical conditions. In fact, the only reason Tina has these experimental drugs to try put is because of personal donations made through people like you. So without these donations she would have no other options!! 90 cents out of every single dollar goes towards research and funding for new treatments and meds. Can't say that for hardly any other charities!! If every one of my friends donated $1, just $1, we could raise $200 just like that. Please help bring more tomorrows for Tina and others with CF.
We hope you will consider joining our team or making a donation. To register just click "join our team".
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.