BENEFITING: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
On May 7th I'm once again planning to lace up my running shoes and tackle the City of Bridges alongside some amazing family and friends as we run the Pittsburgh Marathon as part of a relay team to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). My history with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) dates back 30 years to when I was diagnosed with the genetic, life-shortening disease at 6 months old. CF affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 worldwide, causing irreversible damage to the lungs and digestive system.
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 - in fact, nearly half of the CF population is over the age of 18. And me? I welcomed my 30s this past year with open arms and high expectations for a long, healthy, happy future: a reality thanks in large part to new treatments made possible through the support of the CF Foundation.
Through fundraisers like the marathon, the CF Foundation funds and supports vital cf research, care, and education programs. CFF is considered one of the most efficient organizations of its kind, and nearly ever penny of each dollar donated goes toward one goal: finding a cure.
The great news is that we've never been closer to that goal. I believe the disease will be cured in my lifetime, but we're not there yet. Your help is needed now, more than ever.
Donating is fast and easy- just click the button on the right hand side of this page and follow the instructions. ANY amount is significant and greatly appreciated.
As supporters of the CF Foundation, you're the reason I'm here today; you're the reason I'm able to run for a cure in May with my sister, my family, and my friends.
Together we can make CF stand for "Cure Found."
To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org