Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, progressive and life-threatening illness that has many complicating and damaging effects on the body, especially making it difficult to breathe and to digest nutrients. Our children- Juniper, Joseph, and Ruth- are just three of over 30,000 people living with Cystic Fibrosis in the US. They are precious gifts to us and their little lives have already been such a testimony of the beauty, strength and goodness of God.
We are so encouraged by recent incredible advances in research and treatment, but there remains no cure for those living with cystic fibrosis. So each year, we rally our community together to raise awareness, show our support, and donate funds toward the life-changing research of the CF Foundation. Your generosity impacts the lives of the our children and so many others who fight to live full lives with this devastating disease.
This year, though Great Strides is a virtual event, we encourage our team to walk together in spirit. We would love if you would join our team in support of Juniper, Joseph and Ruth. There are a few ways you can help...
- praying for the well-being of Juniper, Joseph and Ruth and the glory of God in their lives. - click the “Join on Team” button to donate and start fundraising! - by sharing a photo of you walking in support of the Wheelers, with the hashtag #teamwheeler - by spreading awareness about CF in whatever way you can in your community - encouraging others to give to the cause of the CF Foundation via the Wheeler’s team page - If you’d like to follow along with the Wheeler’s CF journey, Kelly occasionally shares on her blog www.amulberrytree.wordpress.com
We are living at a pivotal point in the history of cystic fibrosis; there is so much to celebrate and so much hope for the future. We are deeply thankful for the part you’ve played in this story!
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.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS:
For the health and wellbeing of the CF community, those eligible to be vaccinated are required to be fully vaccinated to join us in-person for the event. If you are not fully vaccinated, we invite you to participate virtually if that option exists.
We do not plan to ask for you to provide proof of vaccination. We are, however, counting on the fact that you appreciate the potential consequences of exposing members of the CF community to COVID and will abide by this requirement.
We cannot guarantee that all people in attendance at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, and vendors, have been fully vaccinated.