EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
This will be my 4th year running the half marathon for Kaelyn. I run because it's become part of my fight each year to help end Cystic Fibrosis and raise the funds needed to bring us closer to a cure. The race has become something that Kaelyn looks forward to me to doing each year and she is my on-going motivation to cross the finish line and keep pushing to bring awareness to her disease.
Not only have I been a participant in race weekend over the years, but Kaelyn will be running her 2nd Kids of Steel marathon. Running and exercise are actually very beneficial to those with CF.
Our family has been so grateful for the outpouring of support over the years in our fight to end CF. We've made incredible progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis, but we still need to strive to cross that finish line! Without your support and generosity, we wouldn't be closer than ever to the cure that those with CF desperately need. Please consider helping us reach our goal again this year!
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.
Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and our chapter: http://wpa.cff.org
Learn more about our Run to Cure CF Program at: http://wpa.cff.org/runtocureCF
$100 - Kid's Marathon
$200 - 5K
$1,500 - Relay Team
$400 - Half Marathon
$500 - Full Marathon