My Xtreme Hike Story
Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-shortening, genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S., which causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breath over time. Those living with this disease are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends, and co-workers – all struggling each day just to breathe and live normal, healthy lives.
As many of you know, I have worked for the CF Foundation for the past two and a half years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to get to know the most amazing community. This year, I have decided to participate in Xtreme Hike for the first time! I will be hiking 22 miles in Yosemite this October in honor of one of the strongest CF fighters I know, Tammy Baker.
Sixty years ago, most children with cystic fibrosis did not live long enough to attend elementary school, but thanks to Foundation-based research and care, many people with CF, like Tammy, are now living into their forties – achieving milestones once thought not possible, such as attending college, pursuing careers, and having a family of their own. Tammy is one of the CF fighters who has benefited from CFF research and care through the Kalydeco clinical trails. Tammy is now 58 years old and continues to be one of my biggest inspirations. She has the sweetest heart and the strength of a warrior. Tammy is why I am hiking.
While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short. By participating in Xtreme Hike, I am helping add tomorrows to the lives of all people living with CF today.
Please make a difference and support me by giving to my Xtreme Hike fundraising campaign today. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
Until it's Done!