Please consider supporting our team. All donations, t-shirt purchases, and participants will help me raise awareness about this terrible disease and fund research that will lead to a cure for CF.
My name is Caleb Prostka and on April 15, 2015, I was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Since I have been a few days old, I have had to be proactive with my disease. I take enzyme supplements every time that I eat because my pancreas doesn’t absorb the nutrients from the proteins that I eat. Daily I use an inhaler and a nebulizer, and have to undergo compression therapy on my chest and back to open up my airways, loosen mucus in my lungs, and to limit my chances of lung infections. This is my life and it is a lot of work, but guess what? I am thriving! But that has only been made possible largely because of the overwhelming amount of support that I myself and the CF community continues to receive for research and advances in medicine.
About Caleb’s Crusaders:
We are a team comprised of family and friends that will do whatever is necessary to support Caleb and all of those battling Cystic Fibrosis. Since 2015, we have raised over $19,200 as a team!
If you are interested in fundraising independently for us, please be sure to select "Join Our Team" at the top of this webpage.
If you would like to support Caleb's Crusaders with a donation but do not want to fundraise besides that, please be sure to select "Donate to a Team Member" at the top of this webpage and then select the team member that you would like to support.
You DO NOT need to be a registered team member to attend the walk or to make a donation. You only need to "Join Our Team" if you will be fundraising independently.
WALK CANCELED FOR 2020: About The Walk
Walk Distance: 5k
Location: Busse Woods in Rolling Meadows, IL
Check in begins at 10:30am: food, drinks, and giveaways will be available
Walk begins at 12:00pm
Walk day is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 5k walk, children's activities, food, and festivities that participants look forward to year after year.
About Cystic Fibrosis:
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading 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.
Roughly 1 in 31 Americans are symptomless carriers of a CF gene mutation – and most people don’t even know it. If both parents are carriers of a CF gene mutation then each of their children will have a 1 in 4 chance of being born with CF.
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.