The Spencer Striders are walking in Great Strides for our 14th year in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! John and I are very passionate about this cause. Our story begins in 2006, when our first child, Sophia, was born and quickly diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. We created our walk team, Sophia's Striders, and walked in Great Strides for our first time in 2007. In 2008, our son Gianni was born and also diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. We changed the team name to Spencer Striders and kept on walking! Our team became a national family team in 2012, and we have had teams walking in Washington DC, Massachusetss, Ohio, California, Florida, Nebraska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Virginia. I support the CF Foundation because it funds critical research that provides medicines and therapies to extend and improve the lives of the approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. This research has a direct impact on the lives of Sophia and Gianni! The CF Foundation also accredits the CF clinics around the country including the wonderful clinic at Walter Reed Medical Center that my children attend. I hope you will join me and support my fundraising goal! Real progress has been made for those who have CF, but there is still no cure for this devastating disease and many lives are cut far too short. We’ve come so far, but there’s still so much work to do. I will not stop striding until all those with cystic fibrosis have a cure. Will you join me? Please consider donating to my Great Strides fundraising campaign today! Please support me! We are at a pivotal moment in the history of cystic fibrosis and your support matters. Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting groundbreaking research and medical progress towards a cure. Please help me reach my fundraising goal!
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.