February 1993 will always be the month that not only Caitlyn’s life changed but her family’s lives changed as well. One month after she was born, her parents received the news that their little girl tested positive for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), A very rare incurable genetic disease that primarily affects the respiratory & digestive systems and tragically shortens people’s life expectancies dramatically. This diagnosis was painful, but it brought both sides of the family together and created a force to be reckoned with in the fight against CF. From 1995 to 2002 the Pridemore family was known as Caitlyn’s Crew. They held car washes, golf tournaments, and many other fundraisers through the year to raise money as well as awareness for this incurable disease; and every May they walked as a team in their matching T-shirts and paved the way for dozens of other teams to come after them and join in on the same fight.
By 2003 Caitlyn personally wanted to step away and start to put her efforts in other avenues. Rather than fundraising and the walk-a-thon she wanted to help the fight against CF by participating in research trials and therapies. She allowed herself to be poked, prodded, and tested on for over ten years while she took part in countless trails that helped develop new treatments & new medications. Those years were both exciting as well as tasking to any young teenager/adult.
After taking sometime away in order to grow up, enjoy life, and be her own person, Caitlyn and her family decided it was time to come back and fight the good fight. Caitlyn’s Crew has now transformed into Caitlyn’s Pride. A new name represents a new chapter, a new team, and the prosperous adulthood Caitlyn has begun to build for herself.
Please join Caitlyn and her family on their first year back to the Great Strides fold by helping her raise both awareness and money in the fight for a cure against CF.
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.