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Tennessee CF Cycle for Life 2020 - Virtual

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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.


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Raised: $305.00

Goal: $300.00

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Cystic fibrosis is a rare, genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. causing persistent lung infections and limiting the ability to breath over time. Those living with this disease are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends, and co-workers --all struggling each day just to breathe and live normal, healthy lives.

 

Sixty years ago, most children with cystic fibrosis did not live long enough to attend elementary school, but thanks to Foundation-based research and care, many people with CF are living into their forties. Because of tremendous advancements in research, treatments, and care from support of countless donors, many people with CF are living long enough to realize their dreams of attending college, pursuing careers, getting married, and having kids.

While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short. By participating in CF Cycle for Life, I ride to help add tomorrows to the lives of all people living with cystic fibrosis today. Please make a difference and support me by donating to my CF Cycle for Life fundraising campaign today! 

 

CF Cycle for Life is a unique event that empowers me, along with other cyclists across the nation to take action and help find a cure for cystic fibrosis...

Please help me reach my fundraising goal and donate an amount that is meaningful to you! 

My personal connection to CF is through my cousin, Heather. Heather was a few years younger than me so I watched her grow up with the treatments, hopitilazations and frequents scares. When she was a child, they didn't expect her to make it out of chilhood. But Heather was resilient and she managed to keep going. Heather made it adulthood and gave birth to a beautfiul daughter.

Over the years, Heather watched several friends with CF pass away over the years. And in early adulthood Heather passed away as well. 

As you might have guessed, the COVID-19 pandemic has created even more danger for those with CF. In addition to the day to day struggles they now have to contend with a highly contaigeous virus that attacks their already weaked lungs.

I know it may not seem like the time to be asking for money for this when there are so many other seemingly more urgent needs, but now is the time to focus efforts so that this disease can be eliminated. COVID-19 does not appear to be going away soon and the likelyhood of additional outbreaks and even other viruses down the right have increased. 

The CF Foundations has truly made significant advances in the treatment of CF and have funding several life-saving treatments over the years. They have made life possible for so many. Your donations go directly to that research to help ensure that those with CF continue to live and far more tomorrows than my cousin, Heather. 

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