Thank you so much for visiting our Grayton's Guardians of Raleigh Page! We are back to walk in honor and support of Grayton and all his buddies who fight this difficult disease daily. I did not know a thing about CF until my friends boy was diagnosed 10 days after his birth. After cheering the Atlanta Grayton's Guardians team on from NC we decided in 2019 to create the Raleigh team to further support GGs. We have come a long way and with your help will continue to help find a cure.
Grayton's daily regimen involves taking pills (540 pills a month) before each meal in order to give his body the ability to absorb the fat and nutrients from food. Putting on weight is a constant challenge for those living with cystic fibrosis, especially for G as his pancreas has no functionality. Twice everyday he does his breathing treatment and an airway clearance treatment called CPT (Chest PhysioTherapy). He wears a vest that's connected to a machine that will shake him to help move the mucous in him lungs. He spends 30 minutes twice a day strapped to this machine (30 hours a month). As you can imagine, it’s a challenge to keep a 5 year old entertained and constrained during this time. His favorite vest time activities include stacking shapes/blocks and reading a book about trucks….especially backhoes! Dada is also trying to get him to play a harmonica to help with lung capacity. I secretly think, he just wants Grayton to jam with him while he plays the guitar. He also take an acid blocker 2X's a day and liquid multivitamin are also necessary to his daily routine and weight management.
There has been so much development in the last few years and we want to continue that momentum by adding tomorrows to all of those living with CF. The real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of people with CF are still cut far too short. There still is no cure for this devastating disease. By walking today, we are helping add tomorrows to the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis. Will you join us? Support us by making a donation to our Great Strides fundraising campaign today!
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.
Ways to Help
To walk with us: click on the 'Join our team' button and select 'walker'. From there you can make a donation and/or start your fundraising. Joining our team does not require a donation or fundraising, however, fundraising IS encouraged! The more resources we have for research the better!
To donate: Search for Grayton's Guardians Great Strides Atlanta 2021 to make your donation or select a team member from the list below. All donations are tax deductible.
To Help us fundraise: Click on the 'Join my Team' button and select virtual walker. You folks are our online force who are driving donations in your community and diligently bringing in money. Once you register you will then be given a link that you can share with friends and family.
Help Share Grayton's story: Telling Grayton's story is HUGE in educating others that a cure is needed and even better when a face is put with the cause.
Your support and donations are giving us everything our family needs-more memories with our Grayton.
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.