"WALK TODAY TO ADD TOMORROWS" in honor of our sweet Kate.
The time has come to take more GREAT STRIDES for our Kate. This past year brought with it a whirlwind of information and a number of changes to Kate's treatment plan. The numerous appointments, lab tests and follow up have taken an emotional toll on the whole family but Kate has led us through it all like the true Super Hero she is. She is feeling great and thriving in life. She has been busy growing her clientele at JMAC Hair Studio and is making a name for herself if the industry. She has been living on her own and manages to keep pushing forward, no matter the challenge. On top of that she continues to be an amazing daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
Over the past year or so, our family learned a lot of new information about Cystic Fibrosis as a whole and many new aspects of the disease that we had never been exposed to - we thought we knew so much already and it turns out there was SO much more for us to learn about. We learned about the disease process and how every person's symptoms and treatment plan varies to meet their special needs. We learned that some CF symptoms may come and go, the illness has multiple levels of severity and the treatment plan can be modified based on all of these things. There was so much more that we learned as family and it really brought us closer together, but the thing that stood out to us the most was the desparate need for more answers. There are not a lot of absolutes in Kate's case and it causes a lot of confusion and brings with it an emotional rollercoaster. We have highs and lows, but we don't always have answers and that is so very frustrating at times.
Now more than ever before, we need your help to raise awareness and funds to help support further research so that each family can find peace with the answers they deserve. We are so lucky that Kate is really pretty healthy and we want to keep it that way! It is our honor to "fight" this disease alongside Kate and we will not give up!!
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. I walk for them and hope you will support me in my efforts. Please join our team and help raise fund to FIND A CURE.
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, I am helping add tomorrows to the lives of people I love very much who are living with cystic fibrosis. Will you join me? Support me by making a donation to my 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.
Please support Kate!
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.
I encourage you to join our team and raise funds on your own, as well. The 2020 Great Strides walk is Sunday May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. at McFerson Commons Park, in Columbus. If you can't join us, please help by praying for our team. Pray for good health, good weather and that the funds raised will be used wisely to make CF stand for "CURE FOUND".
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.