As I reflect on our 25th year of participating in Great Strides, I do so with so much gratitude. Below are some of the things that I am very grateful for at his point in my life.
- I'm grateful for science. for those of you that don't know, males with CF have about a 98% chance of being infertile naturally. IVF was the only way for Justin and Kelsey to have a biological child. Their absolute blessing, Mason, is here because of science. Also science helps to provide the medications that allow Justin to remain healthy.
- I'm grateful for a mother's love. When Justin entered my world, I couldn't have been happier and loved that little guy more than I could ever imagine. I have always wished for health, happiness and safety for my son. I'm sure that Kelsey has the same wish for Mason. I continue to pray for Justin's helath and will continue to fundriase to provide funding for improved treatments for him.
- This may sound strange but I'm grateful for Dad bods! Justin works so hard on a daily basis to stay healthy. Whether it is breathing treatments, taking his medications or working out, Justin consistently does what he needs to do to stay as healthy as possible. He knows that working out helps to keep his Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) scores as high as possible.
- I'm grateful for Justin's family. When we first learned that Justin had CF, considered at that time a terminal illness (now more referred to as a chronic illness), I was obviously concerned for his health but also sad that maybe he would never find a partner to share his life with. I wasn't sure there was anyone that would be willing to walk with Justin on this CF journey. The fact that Kelsey loved Justin enough to be willing to share a life with him was beyond my wildest dreams. Then came Mason and our hearts are full!
- I'm grateful that we are grandparents. How could you not be extremly grateful when you look in the face of your grandson. And he was born on my birthday! Watching him grow and watching Justin and Kelsey as parents will bring joy to our lives for many, many years to come.
I am also very grateful for family and friends like you that have supported our fundraising efforts for Cystic Fibrosis for the last 25 years. We can't thank you enough for the support that you have provided our family over the years and hope that you will be willing to donate to Team Justin this year. Last year, Team Justin's total was just short of $11,000. We would love to surpass that number this year! While we have been very blessed, there still is so much work to be done in order to have CF stand for Cure Found. We will not stop fighting for Justin and for all of the 30,000 Americans living with Cystic Fibrosis.