What a year, am I right? From the way 2021 is starting out, it is only going to get more interesting. We here in the Gebhardt house have pretty much been on lockdown for the last year in order to protect Addy. As you know, COVID-19 can be very dangerous for anyone with preexisting conditions, not to mention pre-existing lung conditions.
Many of you have supported our Great Strides efforts throughout the years and for that we are eternally grateful. This year’s event will look different, but our mission to help every cf patient couldn’t be more crucial. Until it’s Done.
For those of you following Addy’s journey, this is our 16th year supporting Great Strides in honor of Addy who turns 15 later this year (her first walk was in the womb). While we are on the topic of birthdays, I will celebrate quite the milestone this year turning the Big 5-0. In honor of my time on this earth for a half a century (OMG) and Addy’s 15 years we are asking you to support our Virtual Great Strides effort by raising donations to walk between 15 – 50 miles in the next 50 days. We want to see how far our wings spread and our Army marches so please post a picture from your walk on our Addy’s Army Facebook Page and encourage others to get out and walk with you.
Will you join our mission to make CF stand for Cure Found?
“How in the world does a virtual walk work?”. I had the same question. Turns out, it is easy and super convenient! This year our “walk day” is Saturday, May 15th. However, we can do our walking whenever and however we want between now and then!
This year Addy’s Army is going to challenge you to incorporate the numbers “15” and “50” into your walk efforts. For example, you could walk for 15 minutes every day for 50 days. Or you could walk for 50 minutes every day for 15 days! This challenge isn’t limited to walking! Great Strides is about appreciating and honoring our healthy lungs, so you can run, bike, skip, hop, anything that gets your body moving!
Addy’s Army has a Team Goal this year of $50,000.00!!! Create a challenge that works for your life, and ask for donations. You can even use the “15 and “50” for your fundraising efforts! Challenge 50 of your friends to donate $15! I will be challenging my friends to make a $50 donation to represent my 50 years on this planet.
To follow Addy’s Army on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Addys-Army-306954356028271
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.