My Team CF Story
Dear Friends and Family -
This year, I’m running my first Boston Marathon which also marks the first time I’ve entered into an official road race. I was inspired to run and take on the challenge to support Team Cystic Fibrosis in honor of my wife’s two uncles, Peter and Joseph Campanale, who were afflicted by the disease. Peter passed away in 2012 at the age of 64, a long life for a CF patient, and Joe passed away in 1973 at the age of 22. Peter and Joe were both diagnosed with CF at a young age and led life to the fullest thanks to love, support and fundraising done by their family, the doctors and care at Boston Children’s Hospital, and education and resources provided by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among others.
What is cystic fibrosis (CF)? CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for people with CF, helping them live into their 30s, 40s, and beyond.
Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of people with CF are still cut far too short. There still is no cure for this devastating disease, but together, we can help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Will you join me?
I'd be so grateful if you contributed to this cause with a donation. Many thanks in advance for your generosity and I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on my bib number so you can follow along on race day.