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My grand-daughter Rachel has Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a devasting genetic disease that affects and cuts short the life of tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Cystic Fibrosis effects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene causes the body to produce an unusually thick mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life threatening lung infections. It also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body to break down and absorb food. Real progress has been made in the treatment of the disease and 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...........yet.
Rachel is very active in swim, Tahitian dance, basketball, volleyball, bicycling, and gymnastics........all because they are fun but they also provide a great source of exercise which is important for strong lungs. She continues to take 13+ pills every day, uses an inhaler twice daily, does breathing treatments three times a day as well as an hour of chest therapy twice a day to fight CF. Eventhough Rachel has to do all these things to try and stay a step ahead of CF, she is always smiling.
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundations largest and most successful national fundraising event. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is used in vital CF programs to support research, care and education. There are currently 2 promising drugs in the drug pipeline but it takes money to furthur the research. There are no government grants or funding. I will be participating in this year's walk in uptown on May 18th. Please help me meet my team's fundraising goal of $4,000 by sponsoring me.
ANY amount you can donate is greatly appreciated! Making a donation is easy and secure. Just click the "Donate To Me" button on this page to make a donation that will be credited to my team. Your gift is 100% tax deductible.