Welcome to our National Team TnT Great Strides walk page! Thank you for stopping by!
Our Great Strides journey is a very unique one, and actually began about 17 years ago, when I met a woman whose newborn granddaughter, Faith, had just been diagnosed with Cystic fibrosis. I became inspired to help them find a cure, so I joined their Great Strides team, Team FaithFULL, and began fundraising and spreading awareness about CF. Little did I know, not only was I fundraising for a cure for thousands of young people... I was actually fundraising for a cure for my own future children.
In 2008, I became a proud mommy of twin daughters, Taryn and Teagan. Everything seemed perfect... until I got a call that no parent wants to get. Taryn's newborn screen test showed that she tested positive for Cystic fibrosis. Life seemed to stop for a moment, as the devastation set in. But just as quickly, a wave of calmness and strength took over. I had been unknowingly prepared for this. I knew all about CF. I had an amazing support system of friends and family, and many other CF parents I had met through my Great Strides volunteering. I knew all about the amazing resources the CF Foundation has for parents and patients. I knew all about the work they are doing to help find a cure. And I knew just how close they were coming to one.
That year, I formed my first Great Strides team, Carin' For Taryn, and with the help of one of my best friends and fellow CF mom, Stephanie Davis (Team FaithFULL), we chaired our first Great Strides Walk. Over 25 teams and 500 walkers showed up that day to walk for a cure! In 2010, my daughter Taya was born... and diagnosed with CF. So our team name Carin' For Taryn changed and became Team TnT (for Taryn and Taya) and we became a National Team with the help of hundreds of friends and family all across the nation, who have set up Team TnT walk teams in St. Louis, Chicago, Redding, Tahoe, and Sacramento! Collectively, we are helping to KABOOM Cystic fibrosis for good!
This year will be our FIFTEENTH year participating in Great Strides, and each of those years have been spent serving as either our Sacramento Chairperson of the event or on the planning committee... something that I'll always be so grateful to be a part of! During the past fifteen years, our collective efforts for the Sacramento Great Strides Walk have helped raise over $2.5 MILLION dollars towards researching a cure for CF! The money has helped create breakthrough medications, like Kalydeco, Orkambi, Symdeko, and the newest "miracle" drug-- Trikafta! Additionally, we're the closest we've ever been to a cure, and are anticipating some major milestone medications this year and next year! It's an exciting time to be a part of this, and your donations are making it all happen! We hope you can join us in making history as we soon help make CF stand for Cure Found!
We'll be walking on Saturday, May 14, and would love to have you join our Team TnT! You can sign up as a walker, or as a virtual walker, and help us fundraise towards our team goal! We appreciate all of your love and support and thank you for all you do for Taryn, Taya, and the 75,000 others fighting this CF fight each day!
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT FOUNDATION EVENTS:
Updated June 15, 2022. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 the Foundation is taking steps to host safe events for our community. Please be advised that events may be subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, we ask that attendees at CF Foundation events follow these steps:
Where mandated, practice physical distancing and maintain at least a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household.
Face masks are encouraged and should be worn in accordance with local guidelines. (Note, children under two years of age should not wear masks due to safety concerns and therefore should only attend outdoor CF Foundation events where they are able to distance and stay within their family group.) NOTE: For events hosted by the CF Foundation, masks will be made available on-site, when possible.
Follow basic infection, prevention and control practices by regularly washing hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, and by covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Persons with CF should consult their physician before participation in any in-person event as they may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
For indoor events, it is CFF policy to invite only one person with CF to be in-person at the event at a time. For outdoor events, people with CF should maintain a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household at all times.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS:
For the health and well-being of the CF community, we strongly encourage that participants be fully vaccinated and have received the CDC recommended booster shot when joining us in-person for the event.
Certain CF Foundation events may require vaccination to attend.
Participants are strongly encouraged to test within 24 hours prior of arrival at an event or meeting, or as close as possible to the time of departure (if traveling).
Please be advised certain events, localities, and venues may require you to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. We will communicate these requirements in event communications.
For events where the CF Foundation requires full vaccination, meeting participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the date on which you will first attend the meeting. Registration and attendance at such events may require agreement to health and safety protocols and/or COVID liability waivers.
We are counting on the fact that you appreciate the potential consequences of exposing members of the CF community to COVID-19 and will not attend an event if you test positive, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
We cannot guarantee that all people present at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, or others, have been fully vaccinated.