Dear Family and Friends
I will let you in on a little secret. Attending the walk every year is incredibly hard for me. I find myself needing to remember to breathe so that the tears don't start flowing.
In our day to day life CF does not define us. We don't let it define our strong, courageous, brave and opinionated daughter either. She does her therapy, takes her pills every time she eats, exercises regularly to maintain her lung health, increases her therapy when she is sick and avoids germs whenever possible. She goes to her gastroenterologist, pulmonologist, pediatrician, ophthalmologist and gets her bloodwork and chest x-rays done like a champ.
Then... she helps shelve books in the school library, volunteers for the daycare and elder care clubs at school, sings with the chorus and the Webster singers, dances both contemporary and ballet and is this year learning the clarinet. She is an amazing big sister, fabulous daughter and cherished friend.
In our daily life Brianna is a normal kid with a few extra chores... and she is doing GREAT!
So it is easy to forget that in 2019 the average life expectancy of a person with CF is 46. It is easy to forget... until I go to the walk and remember that every day we are fighting to raise that number.
It is with your donations, your support, your prayers and your love that this will be possible.
If you can join us at the walk it would mean the world to us.
If you can donate to help make CF stand for Cure Found we would be immensely grateful.
If you can keep us in your prayers we would be so very thankful.
From the bottom of our hearts- thank you.
Erica and Brian Rice
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