This is the 3rd year the Roeseler Family and Friends 'J' Walkers are participating as a National Team in honor of my two sons Tanner James and Caleb Jeffrey! We are so excited about our 3rd year and I can't wait to see what is in store for us.
Here is a little insight into our story: In May of 2007 my first son, Tanner James, was born. The CF Foundation in Slidell, LA reached out
to our family to provide support through that tough time. The Slidell Chapter of the foundation hosted
their annual walk in October and we decided to be a part of it. Tanner was 5 months old and it was so nice to
be surrounded by other parents facing the same battles we were facing and to
see all of the love and support that so many people had. We walked in the Slidell Walk as Team Tanner
In February of 2010 my second son, Caleb Jeffrey, was
born. He was also diagnosed with CF and
while that isn’t an ideal situation, it seemed to help Tanner
tremendously. All of a sudden he wasn’t
singled out or different. He had a baby
brother who was doing breathing treatments, taking pills and going to regular
exams with him. It was such a blessing
As we started to prepare for the walk, we realized that we
could no longer call ourselves Team Tanner.
We thought about Team Tanner and Caleb, but hated that name! We put posts on facebook asking for ideas for
a team name and then, as a joke, my mom said, “Since both boys middle initial
is “J” we could call ourselves the “J” Walkers.
We all laughed at first, but then fell in love with the name.
Every year we walked in the past, our team consisted of me, my
husband (Stephen), our boys, my parents and a few times, one or two friends. We have never had the turn out that we had the last two years and I can't even express how grateful we are to have had such amazing years with so much support from around the country. We raised almost $10,000 last year and had 6 walks across the country and 87 team members!! It's going to be hard to top those numbers, but I think we are going to pull it off! If you are interested in signing up to walk with an existing team, starting your own team in your area or just making a donation please follow the links above!
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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.