I haven’t forgotten my promise to you. My promise to fight for a cure. But, I think my heart needed some space. Space to grieve. Space to figure out how to move forward. Space to navigate my life without your present guidance. And while I know that was necessary—it also feels selfish. For these are all things you didn’t get to have a chance to do. So, with that being said, I am back to walk in your memory and fight for you and others with cystic fibrosis.
This Great Strides will fall right around 3.5 years without you here. It’s truly hard to believe how much time has passed. But as I always say, unfortunately, it feels like a lifetime without you. Yet, I can still hear your voice, your laugh, your signature CF cough. I wish I could hug you, call you, watch you with your nieces, and just be with you. I will always long for more. I want to walk, raise awareness, raise money for families so that maybe one day no one will have to feel this loss to CF. What a true celebration that will be!
Le, you are not forgotten. You are thought about more often than I think I am aware of. You are spoken of to Avery and Lennon all the time. They will know you. I promise. They will hear about your strength and courage, and strive to have an ounce of it. They will learn about your love for reading, and find the joy in it also. They will learn to live life to the fullest as you did. They will learn to fight for a cure, too. That was my promise, and I intend to keep it you.
So for you, in your memory, we will walk. We will help fundraise to find a cure. And when they do, because one day they will, we will cheers to your bravery and strength with cystic fibrosis.
My angel, I love you and I miss you.
Join our team and help us get one step closer to a cure for cystic fibrosis – a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe.
With supporters like you by our side, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation continues to lead the way in the fight against CF, fueling extraordinary medical and scientific progress. The life expectancy of someone born with CF has doubled in the last 30 years. Despite this progress, many people with CF do not benefit from existing therapies either because their disease is too advanced or because their specific genetic mutations will not respond. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends, and co-workers who struggle every day in the face of this devasting disease.
We walk in Great Strides for them.
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Great Strides is a fun event that provides a fantastic opportunity for family, friends, students, and colleagues to come together to make a difference in the lives of people with CF.
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By joining our Great Strides team and making a donation, you will be part of a tenacious and passionate group of people committed to ending this disease. Together, let’s make CF stand for Cure Found!
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Updated June 15, 2022. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 the Foundation is taking steps to host safe events for our community. Please be advised that events may be subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, we ask that attendees at CF Foundation events follow these steps:
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