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.
Foundation-Sponsored Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings
The Foundation is closely following the evolving coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to monitor coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assess whether we need to change any scheduled events.
To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation-sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow, and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection. Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact, as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function.
To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation's attendance policy recommends inviting only one person with CF to attend the indoor portion of a Foundation-sponsored event at a specific time. For the outdoor portion, the Foundation recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times.