Bear with me as my dad tries to translate my story for me. My name is Lucas Peredna, and I am the reason behind team Lace ‘em up for Luke! I just turned three a few months ago, and I’ll be participating in Great Strides for the 3rd time!
My mom and dad had an idea that I might have Cystic Fibrosis while I was in my mom’s belly, but it wasn’t certain until I made my appearance in the world. It was a bit of a shock, especially since I have two healthy older sisters. Mom and Dad didn’t really know much too much about CF, or what was to come, but I feel like they were up for the challenge. My first day here, I had to have surgery on my belly. It was scary, but I did great and was out of the NICU earlier than expected! Now, every day is different for me, and some have ups and downs (sometimes I don’t like eating my applesauce or yogurt, doing my PT, or using my nebulizer)….but none of it has stopped me from running, climbing, riding my bike, playing golf, torturing my sisters, and throwing things that I probably shouldn’t.
Anyway, my parents were doing some research about CF, and then heard about Great Strides. We all participated in the Manchester event in 2019, and then virtually the last two years. We are excited to be in person again this year in Nashua! It was super easy to sign up for and the group of people are fantastic! At my first walk I was amazed to see how many people care about me, and care about others like me!
Please do what my parents did and register for a Great Strides walk near you! It’s a great way to meet others in the community, and to support a fantastic cause! The event will be virtual this year, but I heard some really great people are planning an amazing event!
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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