Cystic Fibrosis Awareness and Research is a cause close to Team McGowan. Jimmy was diagnosed with CF when he was born in August of 1986. At that time, his life expectancy was 16 years old. With research efforts and modern medicine, Jimmy has doubled that, he'll turn 33 this year. Jimmy is one of 3 brothers who were all born with the disease. Sadly, his older brother John passed away from it when he was 16 years old.
In 2016 we raised almost $9,000 towards the cause, in 2017 we matched that, and in 2018 we kicked it up a notch to almost $12,000! If you can, please join us in trying to keep raising that number for 2019!! Any support is appreciated!
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website says Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. We walk for them. Will you join us? All we need you to do to become a member of our team is click on the "Join our Team" button. From there you can make a donation and start your fundraising.
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.