Since 2006, First Financial Security, Inc. has been helping families find peace of mind in the face of unforeseen injury and illness. This year, First Financial Security will be walking in Great Strides in Atlanta on May 21st to honor Maya Cook, who was diagnosed shortly after she was born with cystic fibrosis.
Maya is the daughter of Ben and Kirsten Cook. Ben is our recognition coordinator at FFS and has been with us for more than 8 years. Every day he helps recognize our agents’ accomplishments and hard work. When he came to us with an opportunity for FFS to give back in a meaningful way to the CF community, we jumped at the chance. Ben shared with us,
“Words cannot express how grateful and excited our family is for FFS to be supporting the CF Foundation. It gives us so much hope — not only for Maya, but for all families who fight for loved ones impacted by CF. We’ve always felt the love and support of the FFS family, and this is further proof that they live out the One Team mentality.”
Since Maya’s diagnosis, the FFS community has found hope in all the progress that has already been made for those who have cystic fibrosis — a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that impacts many of the body’s organs and makes it difficult to breathe. Because of advocates like the CF Foundation, the life expectancy of someone with CF has doubled in the last 30 years. We hope to push this progress even further until research finally leads to a cure.
Join us in bringing more tomorrows to Maya and all who are diagnosed with CF. Great Strides is the perfect opportunity for our community to come together, make a difference and have some fun in the process. To participate, click on the "Donate To A Team Member" or “Join This Team” button so you can donate or start fundraising.
Thank you to the CF Foundation and all who join us to fight for a cure. Supporters like you can help us bring about extraordinary medical innovation. Maya has already benefitted from all the progress being made. We will keep up this momentum until we find a cure.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT FOUNDATION EVENTS:
Updated June 15, 2022. 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 minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, 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.) NOTE: For events hosted by the CF Foundation, masks will be made available on-site, when possible.
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.
Certain CF Foundation events may require vaccination to attend.
Participants are strongly encouraged to test within 24 hours prior of arrival at an event or meeting, or as close as possible to the time of departure (if traveling).
Please be advised certain events, localities, and venues may require you to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. We will communicate these requirements in event communications.
For events where the CF Foundation requires full vaccination, meeting participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the date on which you will first attend the meeting. Registration and attendance at such events may require agreement to health and safety protocols and/or COVID liability waivers.
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 test positive, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
We cannot guarantee that all people present at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, or others, have been fully vaccinated.