Since 2016, the Georgia banking community and our partners have come together to form Banking on a Cure. Each year Banking on a Cure participates in a 5k called Great Strides in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Georgia Chapter hosts the largest Great Strides Walk Program in the country and raises $2+ million annually. Through Banking on a Cure, we have raised nearly $20,000 to fuel the mission of the CF Foundation and hope to see that number grow exponentially over the next few years.
Banking on a Cure was started in honor of Dan Thomason's grandson, Aspen. Aspen was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that affects every organ in the body and makes breathing difficult. Currently there is no cure with a life expectancy of 38 years old.
We hope that this initiative will continue to help the Foundation make tremendous strides in accelerating innovative research and drug development, as well as advancing care and advocacy. There are now four FDA-approved therapies, Kalydeco®, Symdeko®, Orkambi®, and Trikafta® that help to treat the basic defect in cystic fibrosis for more than half of the CF population. But we are not done. We are working every day to build on this incredible momentum, and we will not stop until there is a cure for all people living with CF. Thank you for joining us as we try to help Aspen and others with CF!
Banking on a Cure has set a goal to recruit 10 teams for Great Strides across the state. We hope you will consider being part of our fight.
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.