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!
Please support us!
Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting life-saving research and medical progress, like Cate. Your gift is 100-percent tax deductible.
Connect With Us
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT FOUNDATION EVENTS:
Updated June 15, 2022. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 the Foundation is taking steps to host safe events for our community. Please be advised that events may be subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, we ask that attendees at CF Foundation events follow these steps:
Where mandated, practice physical distancing and maintain at least a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household.
Face masks are encouraged and should be worn in accordance with local guidelines. (Note, children under two years of age should not wear masks due to safety concerns and therefore should only attend outdoor CF Foundation events where they are able to distance and stay within their family group.) NOTE: For events hosted by the CF Foundation, masks will be made available on-site, when possible.
Follow basic infection, prevention and control practices by regularly washing hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, and by covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Persons with CF should consult their physician before participation in any in-person event as they may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
For indoor events, it is CFF policy to invite only one person with CF to be in-person at the event at a time. For outdoor events, people with CF should maintain a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household at all times.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS:
For the health and well-being of the CF community, we strongly encourage that participants be fully vaccinated and have received the CDC recommended booster shot when joining us in-person for the event.
Certain CF Foundation events may require vaccination to attend.
Participants are strongly encouraged to test within 24 hours prior of arrival at an event or meeting, or as close as possible to the time of departure (if traveling).
Please be advised certain events, localities, and venues may require you to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. We will communicate these requirements in event communications.
For events where the CF Foundation requires full vaccination, meeting participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the date on which you will first attend the meeting. Registration and attendance at such events may require agreement to health and safety protocols and/or COVID liability waivers.
We are counting on the fact that you appreciate the potential consequences of exposing members of the CF community to COVID-19 and will not attend an event if you test positive, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
We cannot guarantee that all people present at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, or others, have been fully vaccinated.