My name is Katie Leighton Ceranic, I am 32 years old and I have Cystic Fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis related Diabetes as well as many other complications related to CF. I was diagnosed at 8 months old. My family and I have been running the Bar Harbor Walk-a-thon for 33 years. I am a special education teacher at Trenton Elementary School in Trenton, Maine and I completed my masters degree in special education in May 2020. I have been married to my best friend, Theron for almost four years and we have an adorable cat, Ember and a sweet puppy, Ripley.
This year has been a difficult year with sinus infections and I have had to deal with many rounds of antibiotics, oral and by IV. I just recently had my 14 sinus surgery in August. There were many complcations with the surgery including 30+ nasal polyps that needed to be removed, sinus cavities filled to the brim with mucus and my septum needed to be reconstructed. The nasal polyps were scrapped from the base of my brain, my sinus cavities as well as around my eyes and between my eyes. A new medication came out last year to help people with CF live a more healthy, long life. It is called Trikafta. Thanks to your donations, new therapies and medications are being created to help those who suffer from CF be able to breathe better and combat the symptoms and diagnoses that come along with CF. This year the walk will be virtual because of COVID-19, but families can walk around their own towns to help raise money. My family and I will be walking in Bar Harbor away from the crowds to prevent the spread of infection. Thank you for your donations and your support.
Katie, Phyllis, Woody, Kasey & Theron
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, and friends who struggle every day just to breathe. I walk for them. Will you join me and support my fundraising goal?
Real progress has been made for those who have CF, but there is still no cure for this devastating disease and many lives are cut far too short. We’ve come so far, but there’s still so much work to do. I will not stop striding until all those with cystic fibrosis have a cure. Will you join me? Please consider donating to my Great Strides fundraising campaign today!
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We are at a pivotal moment in the history of cystic fibrosis and your support matters. Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting groundbreaking research and medical progress towards a cure. Please help me reach my fundraising goal!