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How do I participate?

Register to Participate Virtually.  Register and participate virtually in the 65 Roses Challenge, and help us stay the course and advance our mission in an uncertain time. While we can’t be together in person, we can be together in spirit and participate virtually - showing the strength of our community and passion to find a cure for all people living with cystic fibrosis.

Recruit. Recruit others to participate with you (at a safe distance or even from another state). Now that we are virtual, you can participate anywhere!

Fundraise. Fundraise online by leveraging the tools in the Participant Center, the mobile app, and Fundraise on Facebook to reach your goal. Create a virtual passion fundraising event by developing a fundraising event through your favorite hobby, activity, or passion. 

Take the Challenge: Join the Heart of America Chapter’s 65 Roses Challenge!  Beginning August 1through September 30, we are challenging YOU to walk, run, cycle, hike, dance, swim, dance, jazzercise (or any activity of your choice) 65 miles! AND, raise an additional $65 for your Great Strides team! Participants will be awarded badges for completion of 15, 30, 45 and 65 miles.  In addition, 65 Roses Challenge participants will receive a certificate upon completion of all 65 miles. Join us on Strava at https://www.strava.com/clubs/CFFHOA  to track your activity so we can all move together, even though this year we have to be apart.

Share your Journey.  Wear your CF Foundation branded apparel, custom team t-shirt, or a past Great Strides shirt while you walk, run, or ride. Share how you’re participating in the 65 Roses Challenge by sharing your story and posting a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure to tag the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (@CF_Foundation) and use the hashtags: #GreatStrides; #65RosesChallenge and #Together65 to keep the energy and momentum going strong! 

Celebrate! We want to celebrate you and your participation in the 65 Roses Challenge! At the conclusion of your event you’ll receive a certificate of completion and the option to redeem a reward 30 days post event.  Share your success on social by tagging the CF Foundation (@CF_Foundation) and use the hashtags: #GreatStrides; #65RosesChallenge or #Together65 to let everyone know you completed your 65 Roses Challenge. 

Additional Event Details:

Join us on Live on the Heart of America Chapter’s Facebook page on Thursday, July 29 at 1 p.m. as our staff shares more about the 65 Roses Challenge and Strava!  

Thank you Sponsors!

We want to thank our generous national and regional sponsors - gold national sponsor, AbbVie, our silver national sponsor, Vertex, our bronze sponsors, Genentech and Gilead, and our regional sponsor, Mylan.  We also want to thank our local sponsors who continue to help advance our mission:  Super Striders Sponsor—CARSTAR, Day of Experience Sponsor—Lockton, Care and Share Sponsors—Capital Electric, Foundation Care, Hillrom, Optum, and Walgreens Alliance Rx.


Jillain Williams, Senior Development Director: jiwilliams@cff.org | (816) 406-3935