Team James Alexander is at it again this year - we're making strides towards a cure! James Alexander was born October 17, 2016 and diagnosed with a genetic, terminal disease called cystic fibrosis (CF) on November 11, 2016.
As new parents, the Cargals were devastated. What was James' prognosis? How long did he have? The unknown of their future has, and at times continues, to be a struggle for this family. Thankfully, fast forward to 2019, and James continues to thrive because of the support of people like you who generously donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Without your donations, the medical advancements that family is seeing gives them hope for James' future here on this earth.
What is cystic fibrosis? Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease caused by a defective gene that causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs especially, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria which lead to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients causing those with CF who are pancreatic insufficient to rely on enzymes at every meal. CF affects 30,000+ Americans. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe.
We walk for James and everybody else battling this devastating disease every day. Will you join us? All we need you to do to become a member of our team is click on the "Join our Team" button. From there you can walk along side and make a donation. You can also support our team's fundraising efforts, if you'd like.
By becoming a member of our team and making a donation, you are joining a growing group of people committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Together, we are adding tomorrows to the lives of people living with CF by supporting the search for a cure.
If you're unable to walk for a cure, consider joining our team virtually or donating. Know that your donation goes towards research, which brings us closer and closer to helping those with CF live a long and full life, in addition to the care centers that are so vital in battling this devastating disease.
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.
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.