Milwaukee CF Climb 2020 - Virtual Event

IMPORTANT NOTE: To protect the health and well-being of the cystic fibrosis community and CF Foundation staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, the cystic fibrosis community is finding new ways to come together through virtual experiences. While we will not be together in person, we can be together in spirit and participate virtually - showing the strength of our community and passion to find a cure for all people living with cystic fibrosis.

Scroll down to learn more about how to participate in your local 65 Roses Challenge event and contact your local chapter for more details.


Thank you to this year's CF Climb Milwaukee Ambassador, Matthew!
Please click here to read about Matthew's life journey with cystic fibrosis.

About Virtual CF Climb


How do I participate?

Register to Participate Virtually.

Register and participate virtually in the 65 Roses Challenge, and help us stay the course and advance our mission in an uncertain time. While we can’t be together in person, we can be together in spirit and participate virtually - showing the strength of our community and passion to find a cure for all people living with cystic fibrosis.


Recruit others to participate with you (at a safe distance or even from another state). Now that we are virtual, you can participate anywhere!


Fundraise online by leveraging the tools in the Participant Center, the mobile app, and Fundraise on Facebook to reach your goal. Create a virtual passion fundraising event by developing a fundraising event through your favorite hobby, activity, or passion.

Take the Challenge.

Beginning Sunday, August 2 through Monday, October 5, we are challenging you to Walk, Run, Hike and/or Climb 65 miles in 65 days!

Join us on Strava (CF Foundation Wisconsin 65 Roses Challenge Club) to track your activity so we can all participate together, even though this year we will have to be apart. This will allow us to track your progress along the way and add you to our leaderboard! If you would prefer not to use Strava, you can use this paper calendar to document your efforts and then submit this formstack at the end of each week to share your weekly progress!

Stay tuned for fun weekly fitness and fundraising challenges, mission moment photos and videos, CF education, motivational tips and more! We CAN’T wait to take on this challenge with YOU!

Share your Journey.

Wear your CF Foundation branded apparel, custom team t-shirt, or a past Great Strides/CF Climb/Xtreme Hike shirt while you walk, run, hike and/or climb. Share how you’re participating in the 65 Roses Challenge by sharing your story and posting a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure to tag the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (@CF_Foundation) and Wisconsin Chapter (@CFF_Wisconsin) and use the hashtags: #GreatStrides; #65RosesChallenge and #Together65 to keep the energy and momentum going strong!


We want to celebrate you and your participation in the 65 Roses Challenge! At the conclusion of your event you’ll receive a certificate of completion and the option to redeem a reward 30 days post event. Share your success on social media by tagging the CF Foundation (@CF_Foundation) and use the hashtags: #GreatStrides; #65RosesChallenge or #Together65 to let everyone know you completed your 65 Roses Challenge.

Event Details to Mark on Your Calendar:

65 Roses Rocks Kick-Off Event: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 1pm CST on Facebook Live – stay tuned for more information!

65 Roses Challenge Virtual Event: Sunday, August 2, 2020 through Monday, October 5, 2020 (65 days!)

65 Roses Challenge National Virtual Celebration Event: Monday, October 5, 2020 at TBD on Facebook Live, Registration information to come soon!

Thank you Sponsors!

We want to thank our generous national and regional sponsors - gold national sponsor, AbbVie, our silver national sponsor, Vertex, our bronze sponsors, Genentech and Gilead, and our regional sponsor, Mylan.

Check out our 65 Roses Challenge sponsorship opportunities here.


Julia Nilsen: jnilsen@cff.org | (262)798.2060

Top Teams

  1 -  Team Matthew ($4,015.00)
  2 -  My Team ($2,817.00)
  3 -  Easton & Krew for a Cure ($2,640.00)
  4 -  Emily's Wolfpack ($1,670.00)
  5 -  Team Brett ($1,300.00)

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Top Climbers

  1 -  Super Climber Self-donation Laura Drummond ($4,015.00)
  2 -  Super Climber Julia Nilsen ($2,817.00)
  3 -  Athletic Shirt Self-donation Ben Stephany ($1,240.00)
  4 -  Athletic Shirt Karen Wunschel ($1,196.00)
  5 -  Athletic Shirt Self-donation Shannon Haydin ($1,105.00)

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65 Roses Champions

Volunteer for CF Climb

Each volunteer helps make CF Climb an incredible event. Would you like to join the volunteer team? Do you have a friend or loved one who may want to be part of this effort as well? There are many skill-enhancing and fun volunteer opportunities to experience. Every volunteer makes a powerful impact, helping to raise awareness and funds in the CF Foundation’s quest for a cure for this disease.

Become a Volunteer

Climb Goal: $60,000.00

Raised: $21,670.00

Donate Now

Climb Details

Date: 8/2/2020 - 10/5/2020
Check-in: N/A
Start Time: Anytime!
Number of Steps: 65 Roses Challenge: 65 Miles in 65 Days YOUR WAY!
Location: Virtual Event,
Milwaukee, WI
Event Coordinator Name: Julia Nilsen
Event Coordinator Email: jnilsen@cff.org
Event Coordinator Phone: 262.798.2060

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Local Sponsors

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