My Great Strides Story
I am fundraising in honor of my beautiful friend Samantha Grosse. Samantha has been fighting cystic fibrosis since she was diagnosed at CHOP at age 4. Each day she took over 30 pills and did 2 hours of breathing treatments and chest percussion to help loosen mucus in her lungs (much like the 30,000 other Americans with CF). Despite the tough realities of CF, Samantha almost never complained and was always smiling, laughing, and enjoying each day as it came. Those who knew her knew she could brighten a room with her presence and those that met her for the first time were stunned to find out later that she had a fatal disease because Sam was always so happy. She truly appreciated experiencing life "one day at a time". However, six years ago in November she lost her battle with CF. Experiencing this loss has truly changed my life and made me want to help in any way possible and to keep Samantha’s memory alive.
In the past seven years, I have raised over $30,000 in honor of Samantha. This year my goal is to raise $5,000 and I will need your help! I would like to ask your help to make a difference by simply making a donation of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford for the Great Strides walk on May 16th. Every penny counts, so please do not feel like you have to make a great contribution, or any at all. If you would prefer to mail a check or send cash, please contact me directly and I can give you an address to mail donations to! Thank you in advance for being part of this very important cause - together we are adding tomorrows every day!
Please take a moment to learn a little more about CF. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus. The abnormal mucus leads to chronic and life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. Currently there is no cure, and the median age of survival for a person with cystic fibrosis is 36.8 years.
The CF Foundation has consistently been recognized as one of the top voluntary health organizations in the country at efficiently using its money raised to invest in research and medical programs. By investing in the CFF you are helping to fund the landmark research that will, one day, make a tremendous difference in the lives of those with the disease. With your help, we can give the children and adults with CF the quality of life and the future they deserve.
Trying to make CF stand for “Cure Found,”
** Your gift is 100 – percent tax deductible**