Nathan Timothy Finke was born 6 weeks early on April 27, 2001 at Kadlec in Richland. Eleven hours after birth he was airlifted to Sacred Heart in Spokane where he was given an emergency Colostomy due to Meconium ilius (a common CF condition for newborns). A DNA swab confirmed our worst nightmare 5 days later - Nathan had Cystic Fibrosis !
He endured a 2nd surgery five weeks later to re-attach his colon, and spent his 1st two months of life in the NICU in Spokane. On his 2 month birthday we were finally able to bring him home, and cautiously settled into our trying and stressful new routine of caring for a newborn with special needs. Nathan's health gradually improved until he was diagnosed at 4 months with a CF related liver disease which also causes additional health problems along with more medication. Since then Nathan has been healthier than most CF children and has not been hospitalized. Our family has been fundraising since he was in Sacred Heart in 2001. Each year Team Nathan has grown and each year we raise thousands of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through a variety of fundraisers. Team Nathan has been in the top fundraisers for the state of Washington ! Nathan is 19 years old and doing well, however, Pseudomonas (a bacteria that causes permanent scaring of the lungs in CF people) is a constant reminder that his health will continue to deteriorate throughout his young life. He is very fortunate to be on the newest breakthrough drug Trikafta after starting in the beginning of December 2019 this drug is changing people's lives!! We are encouraged by the developments in CF research and will never stop fighting for a cure! WALK WITH US!
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.
Please support US in our fight to cure CF!
Help me reach my fundraising goal by donating to my Great Strides fundraising campaign. Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting life-saving research and medical progress. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT FOUNDATION EVENTS:
Updated June 15, 2022. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 the Foundation is taking steps to host safe events for our community. Please be advised that events may be subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, we ask that attendees at CF Foundation events follow these steps:
Where mandated, practice physical distancing and maintain at least a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household.
Face masks are encouraged and should 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 only attend outdoor CF Foundation events where they are able to distance and stay within their family group.) NOTE: For events hosted by the CF Foundation, masks will be made available on-site, when possible.
Follow basic infection, prevention and control practices by regularly washing hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, and by 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.
For indoor events, it is CFF policy to invite only one person with CF to be in-person at the event at a time. For outdoor events, people with CF should maintain a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household at all times.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS:
For the health and well-being of the CF community, we strongly encourage that participants be fully vaccinated and have received the CDC recommended booster shot when joining us in-person for the event.
Certain CF Foundation events may require vaccination to attend.
Participants are strongly encouraged to test within 24 hours prior of arrival at an event or meeting, or as close as possible to the time of departure (if traveling).
Please be advised certain events, localities, and venues may require you to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. We will communicate these requirements in event communications.
For events where the CF Foundation requires full vaccination, meeting participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the date on which you will first attend the meeting. Registration and attendance at such events may require agreement to health and safety protocols and/or COVID liability waivers.
We are counting on the fact that you appreciate the potential consequences of exposing members of the CF community to COVID-19 and will not attend an event if you test positive, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
We cannot guarantee that all people present at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, or others, have been fully vaccinated.