Team James Alexander is at it again this year - we're making strides towards a cure! James Alexander was born October 17, 2016 and diagnosed with a genetic, terminal disease called cystic fibrosis (CF) on November 11, 2016.
As new parents, the Cargals were devastated. What was James' prognosis? How long did he have? The unknown of their future has, and at times continues, to be a struggle for this family. Thankfully, fast forward to 2019, and James continues to thrive because of the support of people like you who generously donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Without your donations, the medical advancements that family is seeing gives them hope for James' future here on this earth.
What is cystic fibrosis? Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease caused by a defective gene that causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs especially, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria which lead 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 causing those with CF who are pancreatic insufficient to rely on enzymes at every meal. CF affects 30,000+ Americans. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe.
We walk for James and everybody else battling this devastating disease every day. 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 walk along side and make a donation. You can also support our team's fundraising efforts, if you'd like.
By becoming a member of our team and making a donation, you are joining a growing group of people committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Together, we are adding tomorrows to the lives of people living with CF by supporting the search for a cure.
If you're unable to walk for a cure, consider joining our team virtually or donating. Know that your donation goes towards research, which brings us closer and closer to helping those with CF live a long and full life, in addition to the care centers that are so vital in battling this devastating disease.
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.
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.