Why I Climb: CF Climb Spotlight Series
The CF Climb Spotlight Series features individuals who inspire and bring hope to their local CF community and raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis – all while climbing to the tops of stadiums and buildings around the nation. We hope these stories give you insight into the determination and passion of these climbers, and that you consider participating in a climb. Together, we can reach new heights in the quest for a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Luke Wittenbraker Climbs to Support College Best Friend
Over the past five years, Luke has raised more than $80,000 through CF Climb, serving as a source of inspiration across the Northeast Texas Chapter - Fort Worth Office. Although he loves the athletic component of the event -- and even took home first place a few years ago -- his main motivation for training and fundraising is to support his best friend from college, Jeff Proctor, who lives with cystic fibrosis.
“Even though we graduated from college around 15 years ago, we’ve still remained really close friends,” Luke said. “Jeff received a liver transplant a few years back and that’s when I really started thinking about how I could get more involved with the Foundation and became interested in CF Climb.”
Because of his dedication to constantly improving the event experience, he was selected to be the co-chair in 2017, the event chair in 2018, and now the chair for 2019. “We decided to change the location of the event from a building to a stadium to draw more people in,” he said. “Last year the event was held at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium. We all ran the last 100 yards of the football stadium together which was such a cool experience.”
Luke especially enjoys that CF Climb is a family affair, and that there is a place for everyone. “There’s plenty of people who come out locally but even people who are hours away will come out which is great to see.”
CF Climb is an event unlike any other, so looking around at the crowd on event day is a moment that stands out each year for Luke. “There are people of all ages, shapes, and sizes walking and running,” he said. “I’ve seen 70 and 80-year-old men and moms carrying their babies. No one is judging you, and everybody is welcome.”
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CF Climb co-chair, Luke Wittenbraker, takes on CF Climb each year to support his best friend who lives with CF.
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