TZ Medical has been a proud supporter of the CF Foundation for the last 10 years though a variety of different events and programs. We have participated in the Chef Dinner, past Great Strides events, and also through the Battle for the Bridge football games, golf tournaments, and 5K races. Now that Battle for the Bridge has come to an end, TZ Medical wants to continue our support by participating in Oregon CF Foundation events.
The initial motivation for TZ Medical to become involved in supporting CF research came by way of a beautiful young girl named Sophia. Sophia, now 12 years old, is the daughter of two TZ employees. Sophia was diagnosed with CF at 2 months of age, and she has been both a motivator and an inspiration to all those around her.
Sophia is an excellent student (maintaining straight A’s so far in Middle School), plays piano, loves playing midfield on her lacrosse team, and enjoys hanging out with her friends and making people laugh. Her smile is infectious, and she maintains an upbeat positive outlook, despite having to fight CF head-on every day.
Sophia’s CF related responsibilities include the taking of numerous enzymes, vitamins, and medications with each and every meal, 2-3 daily treatments of nebulized medication followed by percussion therapy, and quarterly check ups with the folks up at Doernbecher. She does not complain, she takes it all in stride, puts her head down, and does what she needs to do.
In recognition of the fight Sophia is engaged in, and our desire to support her and her efforts to remain healthy, TZ Medical is putting together a Team of employees, family members, and friends this year to walk in her honor. If you are able, we hope that you will support us by donating what you can. By virtue of your kind donation, you will not only be helping Sophia, but all those patients and families battling CF. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Important note on Attendance at Foundation Events:
Infections can exacerbate CF symptoms and worsen lung function, so we ask attendees at Foundation-sponsored events to observe the following best practices to reduce the risk of germ transmission:
Regularly wash hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Maintain a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.
To further reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation’s attendance policy recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times while attending an outdoor Foundation-sponsored event. All Great Strides walks are non-smoking events.