BENEFITING: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
I'm finally back up and running! The first year of motherhood was a figurative marathon of sorts, but now that mom-life has calmed down (in some ways), I'm ready to run a literal half-marathon again! I can't think of a more fitting race or cause than The Pittsburgh Marathon/ Run to Cure CF to make my return- in the city I love, where I ran my first half 5 years ago, with my family and friends, who have made my running journey rich and colorful, and for a cause that is immensely important and intensely personal.
I run this race in honor of my sister, Emily, a real-life CF Superhero who has always faced this illness with courage and grace. She has grown from adored baby, to tolerated tag-along, to best friend. She is smart and funny, but more importantly, kind and generous. Despite her own myriad needs, she is devoted to meeting the needs of others and making their lives better. I have been so proud to toe the starting line next to her on the first Sunday of May each of the past several years, and this year will be no exception.
From the CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION -
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