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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - 2016 Run to Cure CF

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BENEFITING: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION

EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016

EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016

Melanie McDonald

THE STORY:

Must every superhero have a weakness?

Our 6 year old daughter loves dressing up as a superhero.  One day it's Batman, the next it's Spiderman or Captain America.  We have a box in her play room brimming with dress-up gear: capes, masks, and plastic super weapons.  She's ready to save the world; all she needs is a reason.

Sadly, because she has Cystic Fibrosis, she may be the one who needs saving one day.  At 6, she already takes more than a dozen pills a day, plus multiple specialty vitamins, an inhaler, a nebulizer, and a unique diet. Amazingly, because she's an only child, she doesn't realize how out-of-the-ordinary this is.  She smiles, does what she's asked to do, and she takes care of business.

She knows a little about what having CF means for a kid.  What she doesn't know is that, unless progress for a treatment or cure is continued, CF will likely determine the quality and longevity of her precious life.

Thankfully, progress is being made to end CF, but many young lives are still cut too short.  Help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with Cystic Fibrosis by donating to our cause.  Because it's a good cause. And who knows? You may just save the life of a superhero who will change the world.  

With sincerity and thanks,

Melanie and Brian McDonald

(Read below for more information on what, exactly, CF is.)

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.

Statistics

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

 

$1,890

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • McGovern Family

    $25

  • Aunty G

    $50

  • Bill Dando

    $25

  • Marissa

    $15

  • Joyce G.

    $50

  • Todd Eigenschink

    $50

  • Jon Quirit

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Coburn Family

    $25

  • Tyler Lee Murphy

    $10

  • joven and miriam quirit

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • The McDonald Family - Card Night

    $450

  • Emily Tricaso

    $25

  • McGovern Family

    $25

  • Erin Tong

    $25

  • Gregory Quirit

    $250

  • Charles Schawb Foundation

    $250

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144% Raised of $1,310 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $166,112 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Hannah Camic

Amount Raised

$16,680

 

111% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Audrey Burgoon

Amount Raised

$10,889

 

91% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Andrew Sutryn

Amount Raised

$6,525

 

326% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jim Sinegal

Amount Raised

$6,042

 

121% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brittany Buzzelli

Amount Raised

$5,200

 

104% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Janice Magee

Amount Raised

$4,560

 

456% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Mary Kathleen Whittemore

Amount Raised

$4,075

 

116% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Sean Gaffney

Amount Raised

$3,099

 

103% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Gregory Quirit

Gregory Quirit

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Charles Schawb Foundation

Charles Schawb Foundation

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Erin Tong

Erin Tong

DONATION: $25

Go kick some assphalt for your baby girl 1 year ago

McGovern Family

McGovern Family

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Emily Tricaso

Emily Tricaso

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

The McDonald Family - Card Night

The McDonald Family - Card Night

DONATION: $450

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

1 year ago

joven and miriam quirit

joven and miriam quirit

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Tyler Lee Murphy

Tyler Lee Murphy

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

The Coburn Family

The Coburn Family

DONATION: $25

Sic 'em Big Sis! Much love to your adorable girl â 1 year ago