As some of you may or may not know, our son Mason was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2014. Since the day he came into our lives we knew that he was something special. He has opened our eyes to how precious life can be and how to not take anything for granted, even something as simple as breathing. He's currently an energetic four year old that loves going to school and playing with his friends, but unlike normal four year olds he has to take 24 pills a day and sit through breathing treatments twice a day to keep his lungs clear. He takes them like a champ although I'm pretty sure he'd rather be at the park riding his bike.
There are approximately 30,000 other Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers. This year and every year, I will walk for them, my son, and hope you will support us in our efforts.
Real progress has been made in the search for a cure. Although there still is no cure for this genetic disease, the CF Foundation is making great strides and there are very promising drugs in trials. If would like to learn more about CF, the best source for the most current information is at http://www.cff.org. By walking on May 13th, we are helping add tomorrows to the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis. Will you join us? Please support us by making a donation to our Great Strides fundraising campaign today.
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.