As many of you know my great-nephew Gabe is one of 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. What this means is that he has to take approximately 15 pills each day just to absorb the foods he eats and he spends approximately one hour every day doing breathing treatments to help strengthen his lungs.
This kid is a rambuccious, funny and smart 4-year old who loves dinosaurs (and corrects anyone who mispronounces their names), his baby sister (Lorelei Christine or "Rorai Green Bean"), and the poop emoji!
Thanks to the Cycstic Fibrosis Foundation real progress has been made, but there is still no cure for this devastating disease and many lives are cut far too short. When Gabe was diagnosed (at 1 month old) the life expectancy was 37 years - over the course of his life this number has increased to 47 ... great progress, but still not enough.
I walk for Gabe and the other 30,000 Americans living with CF and hope you will support me in my efforts. Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.
Please consider joining my team and/or making a donation to my Great Strides fundraising campaign Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting groundbreaking research and medical progress. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.