As many of you know, our daughter, Bridgette Alyse, and our niece Kate were both diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at an early age.
CF is a life threatening genetic disease which causes mucus in the body to be thick and sticky. This in turns affects the ability of the pancreas to release digestive enzymes properly as well as causes mucus to build up in the lungs. Over time, this causes irreversible damage. Just to stay healthy, our girls must take enzymes with every meal and snack, special vitamins, plus twice daily breathing/vest treatments. Bridgette has also started Cayston every other 28 days to keep her lungs healthy and free of pseudomonas.
Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. However, we continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. That's why your help is needed now more than ever to ensure that a cure is found sooner - rather than later. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org.
In hopes that a cure may be found within Bridgette’s lifetime, we have formed “Bridgette’s Buddies” to support cystic fibrosis awareness and raise funds to support vital research.
This year, Bridgette’s Buddies are walking virtually in the GREAT STRIDES walk at the 2021 Dallas County-Addison on 05/15/2021. The GREAT STRIDES event is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest and most successful national fund-raising event. Please help us meet our fund-raising goal of $3,000 by sponsoring and/or joining Bridgette's Buddies. Your generous gift will be used efficiently and effectively, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education.
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with CF! Thank you for supporting the mission of the CF Foundation and GREAT STRIDES!
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.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS:
For the health and wellbeing of the CF community, those eligible to be vaccinated are required to be fully vaccinated to join us in-person for the event. If you are not fully vaccinated, we invite you to participate virtually if that option exists.
We do not plan to ask for you to provide proof of vaccination. We are, however, counting on the fact that you appreciate the potential consequences of exposing members of the CF community to COVID and will abide by this requirement.
We cannot guarantee that all people in attendance at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, and vendors, have been fully vaccinated.