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Gateway Fall Xtreme Hike

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Raised: $15,260.00

Goal: $15,000.00

My Xtreme Hike Story

For 23 years now our family has dedicated ourselves to finding a cure for Isabelle and the other 30,000 Americans battling this devastating disease. There are no words to fully express the anguish we felt when we received her diagnosis shortly after birth. We still remember the NICU staff telling us about the amazing progress the CF Foundation was making and the possibility that CF could be cured in her lifetime. That was the hope that we needed and we have committed ourselves to making that a reality.

There is no doubt that we are parents on a mission. We commit to a one day, 30+ mile Xtreme Hike even if that day brings temps in the 40's, 12 hours of relentless rain and/or climbing over countless boulders. Why would we do such a thing? Because we have watched Isabelle battle this disease with countless hospitalizations, surgeries, illnesses and medication side effects that bring their own serious issues. She has come through each time determined to reclaim her life and pursue her dreams. She is our shining example of perseverance, so of course we hike.

Isabelle is witness to the CFF's ground breaking research efforts and has enjoyed her best health the last 5 years due to innovative drugs they brought to market thanks to generous donors like you. Your financial support is crucial to this life-changing and life-saving research. The CFF is a top rated charity with 90% of your tax deductible donation going to research and education. We are getting so close but our work is not yet done! We won't stop until there's a cure and that is why your support is so vital. Please know how much we truly appreciate your generosity to make CF stand for Cure Found!

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