September 2020 Update:
Hello friends and family,
It’s been a long stretch since the pandemic started and changed everyone’s lives in such significant ways. We are fortunate that Michael and all of our family are doing well. We hope that you and your families are also stay healthy and well. We will get through this together.
We began our 2020 Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Campaign in early Spring and reached out to you through Michael’s Great Strides webpage and/or Gretchen’s FaceBook. We are extremely appreciative of the support that so many of you have provided to us this year and in past years! Your donations have contributed directly to the critical research that has enabled new medications and other treatments to become available to people living with CF to make their lives better. September 2020 marks Michael’s first year Anniversary taking the new Trikafta medication which has tremendously improved his quality of life! We are hopeful for his future!
We have recently learned from the CF Foundation that some generous donors are providing matching donations now through November 15th. If you haven’t already donated this year, any donations made by you now will secure matching funds, doubling your gift! If you are able to make a donation, of any size, it will go a long way in this year‘s fundraising campaign and our Fight for a Cure! Please click ‘DONATE TO MICHAEL’ and be part of this journey.
Michael, Gretchen and Tom Fox
Dear Friends and Family,
We are writing to ask you for your support as parents, Gretchen and Tom, and son, Michael begin our campaign to raise funds to fight the Cystic Fibrosis disease with which Michael is afflicted. Again this year, we are supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's GREAT STRIDES walk in Miami, Florida on April 26. Michael has joined the fundraising Team "University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Care Center" where he receives his health care during the winter months.
The past two years have been the longest and most challenging stretch yet for Michael, having had 7 emergency hospital admissions for severe lung exacerbations and multiple incidents of pneumothoraxes (collapsed lung). This term has also had long periods of at-home IV antibiotic treatments and other therapies, so needless to say, it's been a tough road.
The support you provided in prior years drove research yielding significant results. This past fall, a new medication called "Trikafta" finally hit the market providing me and thousands of others suffering from Cystic Fibrosis with a major quality of life upgrade! Lung function has soared and many other symptoms have seen noticeable reductions. This medication will help delay the imminent need for a transplant. Your support is literally saving lives!
But the struggle is not over. And the next generation of revolutionary therapies is on the horizon. The type of research that can actually cure CF on a genetic level is in the works. Let’s keep the momentum going this year!
Michael and others with CF need your help to reach the research and treatment goals in an effort to provide positive outcomes for so many people afflicted with this horrific disease. Please support the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) by making a donation in support of Michael Fox, Team UM CF Care Center!
Donating is easy and secure and your gift is 100-percent tax deductible. Simply visit Michael's personal page and click on the gold box "DONATE TO MICHAEL". Any amount that you can contribute is greatly appreciated. Your support will help fuel lifesaving research and care for people with CF.
Love you all,
Michael, Gretchen and Tom Fox
To learn more about this devastating disease and the impact of the CF Foundation, please visit www.cff.org.