We walk for Cate! Cate is a fiesty, adorable three year old. She loves to read books, play with friends, and loves animals.
Cate was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis before she was even born. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that our family carries. But Cate is a fighter. She had surgery before she was a day old. She spent a long time in the NICU before she could come home. She must undergo intense daily treatments and take medicine to eat and breathe every single day. And that is just when she's healthy. CF patients can become sick easily. They can't even be with other CF patients because they can easily spead infections to each other. Last fall she spent two weeks at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee and had to undergo more operations on her siniuses to allow her to breathe properly. This fall she contracted a bacterial infection which is totally harmless to most people, but can be deadly for people with CF. She is on increased breathing and nebulizer treatments and we are very much hoping that her second month on these medications and antibiotics will be enough to fight it. If not, it can cause premature lung death.
Cate is not alone. There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of people with CF are still cut far too short. There still is no cure for this devastating disease. We walk for them and hope you will support us in our efforts.
By walking today, we are helping to add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Will you join us? Support me by making a donation to my Great Strides fundraising campaign today!
Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families. Children and even dogs are more than welcome!
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Important note on Attendance at Foundation Events:
Infections can exacerbate CF symptoms and worsen lung function, so we ask attendees at Foundation-sponsored events to observe the following best practices to reduce the risk of germ transmission:
Regularly wash hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Maintain a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.
To further reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation’s attendance policy recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times while attending an outdoor Foundation-sponsored event. All Great Strides walks are non-smoking events.