My Xtreme Hike Story
This fall Laura and I will again be participating (for the 11th time!) in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Xtreme Hike. The experiences have been grueling, amazing, incredibly hard, unbelievably rewarding and without a doubt transformational. And after each year, we forget the pain and come back.
We come back becasue we believe strongly in the mission of the CFF and all that it has accomplished and will continue to accomplish. As a nurse at VCUHS Laura has the opportunity to see the effects of this life limiting genetic disease first hand. As participants in these hikes we've met even more amazing people who live with the disease personally or as it affects their child, spouse or loved one each day.
Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of people with CF are still cut far too short. Adult patients live with a condition that used to be labeled a "childhood disease" because children did not live to be adults. That life expectancy has changed largely due to advances funded by the CFF. But we need to do more, and we need to do it faster.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by our friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers these past years as we raised funds for our hike. We hope to again surpass last year's number and help continue adding tomorrows to the lives of people with CF.
Any amount you can donate will be appreciated. Thanks so much for your support.