My beautiful nephew, Austin, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just eight days old. Thankfully, he breezed through the first seven years of his life relatively smoothly. However, this year began with a new challenge for him...and it's been a stark reminder of the uncertainy of his future.
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms & dads, sons & daughters, brothers & sisters, nieces & nephews, grandchildren, cousins, friends, neighbors and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. We walk for them.
Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of those with CF continues to be cut far too short. There still is no cure for this devastating disease.
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families. "Austin Powers Over CF" is currently a national team; our family and friends will be walking in New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida. By walking today, we are helping add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis.
There is more than one way you can help. You can donate to my Great Strides fundraising campaign to help me reach my fundraising goal; your gift will help support life-saving research and medical progress and is 100% tax deductible. Or you can come walk WITH us and make our physical presence larger to the community as a whole. Please help us.
Our hearts cannot fully express our overwhelming gratitude for your support.
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.