Join us May 9, 2020 at Sloan Lake in Denver Colorado as we walk, play, and raise funds for the most important fight in our lives...a cure for CF. The excitement in the CF community has inspired us to get an early start on our fundraising for 2020. This will be our 9th year participating in the Great Strides event and each year we are amazed by the support and participation we receive from family and friends. In case you don't know the whole story...the Lord has blessed us with three amazing sons -- Jackson (9), Brock (7) and Lincoln (3). Jackson and Lincoln both suffer from a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis, a disease we knew nothing about until two weeks after Jackson's birth. Although we have learned more and more about this disease with every milestone of their lives, what continues to linger in our hearts is the simple fact that there is no cure for this rare disease. Only about 30,000 people suffer from CF, but the research continues to progress rapidly because of private funding and the incredible support that this community receives from people just like you. The research going on is incredible and although there is not a cure yet, they just released a groundbreaking drug that will soon help treat nearly 90% of CF patients, including both Jackson and Lincoln. Currently available to those ages 12 and up who qualifiy and testing is being done for ages 6-11. However, there's a long ways to go and we're not stopping "Until it's Done!" There is still 10% of the CF population that will not benefit from this new drug and researchers are working diligently to help. We encourage you to fight along side us by donating, walking, climbing, whatever it is that you can do. We are incredibly grateful and humbled year after year by each of you who help support us in this passion. We hope to see many of you on May 9th in Denver and look forward to seeing pictures of all the other walks.
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.