About Our Virtual Great Strides Walk

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How do I participate?

Register to Participate Virtually. Register and participate virtually in the 65 Roses Challenge and help us stay the course and advance our mission in an uncertain time. While we cannot be together in person, we can be together in spirit and participate virtually - showing the strength of our community and passion to find a cure for all people living with cystic fibrosis.

Recruit. Recruit others to participate with you (at a safe distance or even from another state). Now that we are virtual, you can participate anywhere! Fundraise on Facebook to reach your goal. Create a virtual passion fundraising event by developing a fundraising event through your favorite hobby, activity, or passion.

Take the Challenge. We are excited to collaborate with the four chapters across Florida, for a unified walk this year!

65 Days. 4 Chapters. 1 Mission.

Join us as we celebrate over the course of 65 days (July 31- October 3) and walk across Florida. Together, we hope to recruit 1,650 walkers to virtually visit all 20-walk site stops along our 1,650-mile journey. During this time, we encourage everyone to register for the walk site of your choice, and log your miles (new app coming out soon), as well as raise a minimum of $65 each (or $650, $1,650, or whatever amount that is meaningful to you). On our walk day celebration, we will tally up how many miles we walked as a team and how much we were able to raise towards our goal of $750,000 across the state. Every mile and every dollar bring us closer to a cure, so get your family and friends to join us for our very first Florida Great Strides!

Share your Journey. Wear your CF Foundation branded apparel, custom team t-shirt, or a past Great Strides shirt while you walk, run, or ride. Share how you are participating in the 65 Roses Challenge by sharing your story and posting a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure to tag the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (@CF_Foundation) and use the hashtags: #GreatStrides; #65RosesChallenge and #Together65 to keep the energy and momentum going strong!

Celebrate! We want to celebrate you and your participation in the 65 Roses Challenge! At the conclusion of your event you will receive a certificate of completion and the option to redeem a reward 30 days post event. Share your success on social by tagging the CF Foundation (@CF_Foundation) and use the hashtags: #GreatStrides; #65RosesChallenge or #Together65 to let everyone know you completed your 65 Roses Challenge.

Additional Event Details:

Our virtual statewide Great Strides campaign will run for 65 days, July 31- October 3rd. On Saturday, October 3rd at 10 am we will have a virtual walk celebration for all our teams and walkers. More details to follow.

Thank you Sponsors! We want to thank our generous national and regional sponsors - gold national sponsor, AbbVie, our silver national sponsor, Vertex, our bronze sponsors, Genentech and Gilead, and our regional sponsor, Mylan. We also want to thank our local sponsors who continue to help advance our mission – Community Champion Sponsor, Brown & Brown of Florida and Socius Foundation, our Mission Supporter, Allergan.

Questions? Sheena Scott: sscott@cff.org | or Nathan Maloney: nmaloney@cff.org (813) 374-9041

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Bradley Wombles - Bradley's Battle Buddies

Bradley is an energetic, outgoing, full of life & personality (soon to be) 3 year old! Bradley loves spending time running around outside and playing with his brother and sister. When Bradley was 10 days old, we received a call from his pediatrician saying his newborn screening came back positive for cystic fibrosis! Two days later, we confirmed this diagnosis via a sweat test at Shands. Bradley has been lucky so far and been blessed with overall good health despite his CF diagnosis. Unfortunately, we know this will not always be the case. Bradley is also in the unlucky 10% of cystic fibrosis patients that do not currently have an effective modulator to help him better fight this disease due to his mutations.

Great strides is so important to us and gives us hope! We stride so that one day CF will stand for CURE FOUND so that Bradley and every person living with CF can live a long, fulfilling life without hours of treatments and lots of medications every single day.

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The CF Foundation is going cashless! If you are planning on making a donation on the day of the walk, we encourage you to bring your checkbooks or credit cards and avoid cash.