This is the tenth consecutive year for Beckett's Team of the Great Strides Portland and National Great Strides campaign benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Nine (fast!) years ago our wonderful first grandchild Beckett Harding was born. Here is his dad, Sean's, synopsis for this year.
"Look at this guy! He is nine!! He loves playing basketball, inventing traps, telling jokes, laughing at stories, tie dye, and hanging out with his buddies. Beckett knows he has cystic fibrosis and he knows it's a fight he will have the rest of his life. He battles every day by taking lots of medicine and spending hours doing airway clearance therapy. He is very patient at his quarterly checkups and brave when he gets his blood drawn. Beckett is doing all he can at his age to fight CF. Alli and I are always trying to stay in front of Beckett's health. It takes monthly, weekly, daily, and hourly discipline. We are trying to control a disease that doesn't take a day off and can rear its head any week. Beckett's continued health is a fantastic reward for our efforts but there is more we can do and it is this annual fundraising for medical research. It is empowering to know that we can be a part of the research for new drugs by fundraising. Simply put: Your donation is something Beckett and everyone with CF will need like water, and it's something Alli and I need like a high five or a warm hug."
I am pleased that I (Carolyn) will be walking in this year's Great Strides campaign in Portland. Beckett's Team has raised more than $300,000 for the CFF in nine years, and strives to reach the $350,000 milestone in this, the tenth year of the team. It is important to reach this bar as an example to newer teams of what is possible. To achieve this goal, we as a team are reaching far and wide to friends, relatives, and acquaintances, asking for a small donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The CFF will use these funds for drug trials to fight this viscious disease, which is too rare (30,000 Americans) to attract profit motivated trials or public funds for research. Research results recently are fabulous, with new treatment options targeting the cause of the disease, and research for a cure continuing to gain momentum. While there is still no cure, there are more tools in the toolbox and median survival rate of someone born with CF today is up to about forty years, compared to certain childhood death in the 1950's.
In our team effort to cover our bases, it is likely that you may be contacted by more than one team member. Realize that this is a team effort, and you may donate to any one of the team member sites and all will wind up at Beckett's Team. Funds raised by Beckett's Team will generously be doubled by Beckett's great aunt and uncle, via the Tim and Nan Corwin Charitable Foundation.
Thank you so much for your consideration, good wishes, and prayers for Beckett and others with CF.
Love from Carolyn and Dick
PS . To donate by credit card click the link at the bottom of this email which will connect to our fundraising page at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Click the "Donate to Carolyn" button on the page. Checks may be mailed to Carolyn Corwin, 14740 N Desert Rock Dr Oro Valley AZ 85755; made payable to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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