EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
I will be running the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Charlee Cook's honor. Charlee is the daughter of Ryan Cook and Sam McKissock. Ryan is the head wrestling coach at General McLane and is someone I truly respect as a person and friend. The Cook family has been battling this disease since Charlee was diagnosed at the age of one month old. Charlee, now five years old, continues to battle daily through treatments to live life to the fullest. Through the efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, research and developments are leading towards a cure for CF. Which is what your donation greatly contribute to! Thank you and to learn more about cystic fibrosis read below!!
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.