Great Strides, Great Stories

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraiser. Every year, families, donors and friends take steps to help support the search for a cure. In this section, we’ll feature a special person or team who played an integral role in Great Strides and within their local CF community. We hope you’ll find this story to be inspiring as we continue to make Great Strides in our efforts to find a cure for CF!

Greetings from Minnesota

Team Name: Team Missy

CF Event: Great Strides

Involvement: Missy is an individual with CF who has been involved with the Minnesota/Dakotas chapter most of her life: from poster child to participating in bike rides and climb-a-thons. For the past 16 years she also been the chief cheerleader of TEAM MISSY for the Minnesota Great Strides!

Team Missy Great Strides

Team goal & strategy: Missy's goal for 2021 is very specific: she plans to raise $52,471, which will make her total fundraising amount for the last 16 years equal half a million dollars! Missy's successful fundraising initiatives are all done by asking family and friends for donations, no big wrap events or corporate dollars.

How has going virtual changed your team: "The biggest change for our team is that we don't get to ultimately join together in-person to walk our 5k in May. Fortunately, all the encouragement and fundraising can absolutely work from afar, you just need to find the right balance of keeping your team engaged on your journey!"

Why should people register for a CF event? "Fundraising, especially for rare diseases like cystic fibrosis, is more important now than ever! We have such amazing momentum and must keep these medical advancements going. The driving force is the ongoing CF events and raising funds that continue to make an amazing difference. We won't stop until a cure for CF is found for EVERYONE!"