There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. The money raised at Great Strides helps fund research to develop drugs and therapies that will lead to a cure for CF.
On Dec. 26, 2019, Maddie took her first dose of Trikafta, a newly approved triple-combination CF drug that we've been waiting for since she was born (and others long before that)! Her lung function shot up over 10 points and it's nearly the highest she's had! She still takes all of her daily meds and her daily chest percussion treatments to maintain her health. But, within a day of taking Trikafta, she said that it's easier to breathe. Though not a cure, it's amazing that this drug is now available and I'm still blown away. However, we're standing with the other 10% of the CF population that isn't helped by Trikafta, in hopes that they will soon benefit from research & development of more specific drugs. https://www.cff.org/News/News-Archive/2019/CF-Foundation-Celebrates-FDA-Approval-of-Triple-Combination/
In 2016, Maddie participated in a pediatrics clinical trial for the drug Orkambi through UNMC and the CF clinic in Omaha. Orkambi helped with weight gain (she was able to have her feeding tube removed!), but she didn't have many gains in lung function nor did it stave off infections. In fact last year she was hospitalized twice for IV antibiotic treatments because of lung infections that her body couldn't fight off with oral antibiotics, extra treatments, etc etc, for weeks to months of the year.
These amazing advances in the fight to cure CF couldn't have happened without YOU!
While the walk is virtual this year -- on June 5 -- because of the pandemic, we are excited to fundraise for Team Maddie. We walk for Maddie. We walk for everyone who fights to stay healthy -- and to find the cure for CF. Will you join us? All we need you to do to become a member of our team is click on the "Join our Team" button. From there you can make a donation and start your fundraising.
By becoming a member of our team and making a donation, you are joining a growing group of people committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Together, we are adding tomorrows to the lives of people living with CF by supporting the search for a cure.
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.