Dear family and friends,
We hope you are doing well and enjoying these early days of spring; a welcomed sign of hope and renewal after a very long year. This spring we are feeling especially enthusiastic to announce that IAN’s ARMY will again lace up their sneakers to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Great Strides event. Although the CF Foundation will not be holding their traditional walk due to the pandemic, our family will be walking the Great Strides Boston route on May 16th for IAN’s ARMY and all the brave CF warriors who are battling this unrelenting disease.
We are incredibly grateful for all the generosity you’ve shown us and the CF Foundation over the years and ask that you consider supporting us again, because every day counts for those battling cystic fibrosis, and every dollar works hard toward developing new therapies and pushing research toward finding a cure.
In Ian’s short lifetime we have witnessed the approval of life changing, disease modifying medicines Kalydeco, Orkambi, Symdeko and Trikafta, which all treat the underlying cause of CF in nearly 90% of patients. This is extraordinary and it would not have been possible without the backing of the CF Foundation and donors like yourself. While these breakthrough drugs are helping more CF patients than ever before, Ian and others like him with extremely rare gene mutations will not benefit from them. So much work remains, and so we continue to advocate for CF patients, fundraise to support this vital research, and wait patiently with great optimism that soon it will be Ian’s turn, and that someday all people battling this disease will have their life changing medicine and their cure.
We hope you will support this cause by making a donation today to IAN’s ARMY, and we hope you’ll consider walking with us on May 16th along the Charles River. Socially-distanced and masked, of course.
Thank you very much,
Ian (Army General), Marin, Jen and Brian
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