BENEFITING: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
“Persevering through struggle of any kind is an opportunity to give hope and perspective to those who think it’s impossible to survive; even if we are the ones who think it’s impossible. And most times after the worst storms pass we realize we could have never become who we are today without the struggles of our yesterdays.”
The encouragement I’ve received on my journey with CF has been extraordinary. My reason for joining the Run to Cure CF team over three years ago was to raise some money, awareness and meet my goal of completing a half marathon. Twelve half marathons, four full marathons and over fifty other races later, I find it impossible to list all the positives that have resulted from me joining this team, many of which have nothing to do with running.
For most of my life, I’ve lived in my invincible bubble and have gone with the “ignorance is bliss” attitude, convinced I am unstoppable as long as I adhere to my treatment regimen. Although I still like to believe I am unbreakable, CF has definitely thrown quite a few stumbling blocks my way, and I just may have fallen flat on my face a time or two. Thankfully, with the love and support of countless individuals, I’ve been able to stand back up and keep going, remembering how many individuals with CF are happy with far less than I have.
One of the most eye-opening aspects of exposing my battle with CF to the world was learning of the struggles faced by others afflicted with this awful disease Many of whom have also complied with doctors orders and are fighting the good fight. It’s these other individuals who deserve the pats on the back and the attaboys. The people who would truly blow your mind and pull on your heart strings if you learned of their stories. The stories of when a walk up a single flight of stairs is a much greater accomplishment than me running a 5k. Or when their lungs make running a 5k a much bigger feat than me completing a marathon. When you realize that a couple hours of treatments a day and a couple PICC lines a year would be a dream life for that person with CF fighting for each breath while awaiting a new set of lungs. I’ve met so many children who are forced to deal with some of the medical procedures that I wasn’t faced with till my twenties. If you think my accomplishments are something, you ought to take a peek into their lives.
Despite the various ways we are affected by cystic fibrosis, I think what keeps us all connected is hope. And that’s what your donation does; It provides hope for us all. For the moms, dads, siblings, children, friends and family of those who have been forced to live each day with CF. Every donation brings us one step closer to that cure and helps keep the strength as we battle this awful disease.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION wrote -
Our Run to Cure CF team in Pittsburgh continues to grow each year, as do our research efforts and the progress we’ve made in the search for a cure. Real progress toward a cure has been made, but the lives of young people are still cut far too short. Won’t you join us in continuing the search for a cure? Accept the challenge today and help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis by registering to run or making a donation to one of our dedicated team members!
We've made incredible progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis, but we still need to strive to cross that finish line and find a cure!
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.
Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and our chapter:www.cff.org/wpa
$100 - Kid's Marathon
$200 - 5K
$1,500 - Relay Team
$400 - Half Marathon
$500 - Full Marathon
Fundraising minimums must be met by May 5, 2017. Don't think you can meet your fundraising minimum? Contact Lauren DiMaria at email@example.com or 412-321-4422 to set up your fundraising plan and guarantee your race spot today!
All Run to Cure CF team members will receive*
- FREE bib for the race of your choice
- Run to Cure CF Gender Specific Performance Tank
- Group Training Runs and other events
- Personal support from running coaches and mentors
- Race specific training plans and tips
- Fundraising Incentives
- And MORE!
Questions? Contact Lauren DiMaria at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-321-4422