It is once again Great Strides season and, as always, I am asking for your support. As you know, CF has been my passion for a very long time. I was introduced to cystic fibrosis when I was 10 years old. My good friend, Tressa, lost her battle with CF our freshman year of high school. Her life was cut way too short and that has stayed with me to this day. When I started at the CF Foundation in 1998, I met Allison Villalobos. Allison and I have become extremely close over the years and it is still crazy to think that she was only 9 years old when we first met. We started fundraising for Great Strides in 2001 creating the Alli's Angels team. With your support, we have raised more than $300,000 in the past 19 years. We cannot begin to thank you enough for your continued generosity but we are not done yet!
Allison has been struggling with cystic fibrosis her entire life. However, the past year or two has been truly difficult for her. As you may know, CF is a progressive disease. Allison turned 30 in November of 2018. We are so happy that she was able to celebrate this milestone but we want to make sure she has many more birthdays to celebrate. Allison has spent many weeks in the hospital over the past year which causes her to miss birthdays, showers, weddings and other important family events. We are excited to know that a significant new drug will be available to around 90% of the CF population by the beginning of 2020. This will be great for Allison but it is not a cure and she will still have to deal with the lung damage that has been progressing over her lifetime.
I would like to ask you to help us add tomorrows for all of those living with CF by making a donation to our Great Strides team. Allison and I have set a goal of $20,000 for team this year. Making a donation is easy and secure. Just click the donate button to make a donation that will support our team. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated. Your support will help fuel lifesaving CF programs.
To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org.
Thank you for supporting Great Strides! Together, we can make a difference and “add tomorrows” to the lives of those with CF.
Until It's Done,