This little ball of smiles is Maya Elizabeth. Soon after Maya was born, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), which is a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that impacts many organs in the body and makes it difficult to breathe. There is currently no cure for CF. Since Maya's diagnosis, we've learned more and more about this disease that we previously knew nothing about, but we also have learned of all the advancements that have been made in helping those affected by CF. The life expectancy of someone born with CF has doubled in the last 30 years. As we've learned about all the time, effort and resources poured into these advancements, we have been overwhelmed with gratitude. We are grateful for the countless others who came before Maya and have fought passionately to advocate, fundraise, research and develop medicines. We're grateful for Maya's dedicated care team who treat her and our family with love and compassion as we navigate Maya's daily treatment plan. We're also extremely grateful for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their imprint on all of these medical advancements.
With supporters like you by our side, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation continues to lead the way in the fight against CF, fueling extraordinary medical and scientific progress. We have seen firsthand how Maya has benefited from this progress and it has given us hope for her future. We are fortunate that her specific gene mutations qualify for one of the modulator therapies that are designed to help address the impacts of CF on her body. Despite this progress, many people with CF do not benefit from these existing therapies either because their disease is too advanced or because there hasn't been a drug developed yet that their specific genetic mutations will respond to. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends, and co-workers who struggle every day in the face of this devasting disease.
We walk in Great Strides for them and for Maya.
Will you join us?
Great Strides is a fun event that provides a fantastic opportunity for family, friends, students, and colleagues to come together to make a difference in the lives of people with CF.
To participate, just click on the "Join our Team" button. From there, you can make a donation and start fundraising.
By joining our Great Strides team and making a donation, you will be part of a tenacious and passionate group of people committed to ending this disease. Together, let’s make CF stand for Cure Found!
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT FOUNDATION EVENTS:
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 the Foundation is taking steps to host safe events for our community. Please be advised that events may be subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
To help minimize the risk of COVID-19, we ask that attendees at CF Foundation events follow these steps:
Where mandated, practice physical distancing and maintain at least a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household.
Face masks are encouraged and should 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 only attend outdoor CF Foundation events where they are able to distance and stay within their family group.)
Follow basic infection, prevention and control practices by regularly washing hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, and by 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.
For indoor events, it is CFF policy to invite only one person with CF to be in-person at the event at a time. For outdoor events, 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 well-being of the CF community, we strongly encourage that participants be fully vaccinated and have received the CDC recommended booster shot when joining us in-person for the event.
Please be advised certain localities and venues may require you to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. We will communicate these requirements in event communications.
We are counting on the fact that you appreciate the potential consequences of exposing members of the CF community to COVID-19 and will not attend an event if you are feeling ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
We cannot guarantee that all people in attendance at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, or others, have been fully vaccinated.