Every year we have the Great Strides walk to raise funds to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Unfortunately, this year I am not able to participate physically in the walk because of my sister's graduation, but I am still fundraising because every dollar helps. Every time I take a breath I am so grateful for the money that has been raised because several of the medications I am on were developed as a result of the Great Strides walk.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic chronic illness that affects the lungs and makes it hard to breathe because the body produces extra mucus throughout the body which can result in bacterial infections. I have been able to stay out of the hospital for 18 months which is so encouarging. I am so grateful for the medical care I have and for the research team who are striving to find a cure. The past 18 months I had treatment for a microbacterium which was a lot of antibiotics and doctors appointments. However, I just recently got cleared to stop treatment which is a huge victory!
I am 22 years old and recently started working full time so it has been an adjustment learning to work full time and have time to do treatments, exercise and still live a life to the full. I am grateful for the incredible support team I have in God, my friends, family, boyfriend and medical team. CF is a full time job in itself - my treatments can take up to two hours twice a day (morning and evening), plus having to exercise and go to doctors' appointments every 3 months to check my lung functions. I am so hopeful that a cure will be found and I would appreciate it so much if you would consider donating.
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.
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.
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.
Please support me!
Help me reach my fundraising goal by donating to my Great Strides fundraising campaign. Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting life-saving research and medical progress. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.
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.