As you are aware, I've been living with Cystic Fibrosis for 16 years now and have made it my mission to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise funds to find a cure, so I am very excited to be the team leader of Amanda's Army. Living with Cystic Fibrosis has greatly impacted my life in many ways. I have to do treatments and take numerous medications daily. I go to quarterly doctor's visits to maintain my health and have been hospitalized. I believe living with Cystic Fibrosis has helped me realize how lucky I am to have a supportive family, close friends, and all the medical care I need. Fighting this disease has made me more responsible and stronger which has carried over into my school work and sports.
My family and I are greatly invested in raising money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, so we've participated in the Great Strides Walk for a Cure for fourteen years. This year the walk is at the Houston Zoo on May 16th. I'm hoping to make an impact for everyone affected by CF who must deal with the struggles it creates in our lives. If you would like to help us fight for a cure, please consider joining our team as a walker or making a donation. I appreciate your support and know that I am blessed to have so many people on my side.
Foundation-Sponsored Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings
The Foundation is closely following the evolving coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to monitor coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assess whether we need to change any scheduled events.
To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation-sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow, and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection. Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact, as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function.
To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation's attendance policy recommends inviting only one person with CF to attend the indoor portion of a Foundation-sponsored event at a specific time. For the outdoor portion, the Foundation recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times.