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 in the GREAT STRIDES walk at the 2020 Dallas County-Addison on 05/16/2020. 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!
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.