Over 10+ years, the Fox Family & Friends have raised over $140,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We walk for my youngest brother, Charlie, who has been living with Cystic Fibrosis since birth.
Building on my experience as a team leader for the last 11 years, I am honored this year to serve on the Manhattan walk committee. What does this mean? It means I am leading the charge to expand our fundraising to reach our $1 million goal. It means I will be kicking off the walk on Sunday June 3, 2018 in downtown Manhattan. And finally, it means that my own team, "Charlie's Foxy Ladies" will hopefully have it's biggest year yet.
Monies raised annually from Great Strides goes directly to research & development of therapies which are exponentially improving the lives of those living with CF. In 2015, the FDA approved a drug that for the first time corrects the cell defect causing Cystic Fibrosis (and Charlie is seeing remarkable improvements in lung function!). This is a significant moment as all efforts previously have focused on simply treating the devastating symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis. Many of you may remember that when I started sending these emails many years ago, a possible cure was not even part of the conversation. Research is moving fast and none of it would be possible without 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.