The story behind Take It Away starts with one little girl who was born with a chronic, progressive and incurable disease called cystic fibrosis. Over time, the weight of this disease and the burden of handfuls of pills and twice-daily lung treatments began to build. When she was 4 years old, she begged her parents to “take it away!” Knowing the daily impact this disease would continue to have on her life, it’s incurable nature, and the way it would damage her body over time, they knew they could no longer sit back and just wait for might come in the world of medicine. They had to do more.
They began participating in local fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation but it wasn’t long before their fight for a cure grew even stronger. Soon after their second daughter was born, they received the devastating news that she also had CF.
It is from this place of hurt that a new hope and vision was ignited. Through much prayer, consideration, and the commitment of others, the non-profit organization, Take It Away, was formed. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by cystic fibrosis by raising awareness, rallying community involvement, and monetarily supporting the research aimed at finding a cure for CF, not only for these two sisters but for all of those who struggle with this life-threatening condition.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor events sponsored by the CF Foundation are strictly prohibited at this time. Scheduled outdoor events must adhere to strict requirements to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. Events may be subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT OUTDOOR FOUNDATION EVENTS:
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, attendees at CF Foundation events must adhere to the following requirements:
Practice physical distancing and maintain at least a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household at all times
Face masks strongly encouraged and expected to 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 not attend CF Foundation events where there is risk of interacting with someone outside of their household.)
Follow basic infection, prevention and control practices by regularly washing hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, 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. People with CF should maintain a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household at all times.