My cousin Hudson was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis before I was even born. As a child, I remember not understanding what the disease was, especially because I could not see the effects. All I knew was that he and my Aunt went to Chapel Hill frequently to get medicine to help with his coughing. For my entire childhood, we lived beside each other, which was wonderful; he was the brother I never had. We carpooled with my Mom and Aunt to school each day which was always enjoyable, and I thought it was "so cool" to be able to say "hey" to him in the hallways. I remember he loved rice, BBQ potato chips, and rice Krispy treats.
When I was in 5th grade, we had to do a project called "When I'm 64" that discussed the accomplishments we wanted to achieve over our lifetime; my biggest "accomplishment" was to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Even if I didn't fully understand it, I wanted Hudson to get better. Hudson was a very private and prideful person; he didn’t want to be treated any differently and you would never know he was sick. He was witty, intelligent, and I loved being around him. He always believed in me and I miss him each and every day.
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. By walking, I am helping to add tomorrows to the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis. Please have it in your heart to support me and reach my fundraising goal by making a donation to my Great Strides fundraising campaign. Your gift will support life-saving research and medical progress and it is 100-percent tax deductible.
My family and I will walk this year for our angel, Hudson, as well as the 30,000 other Americans who struggle every day just to breathe. I hope you will support me in my efforts.