Tuesday, May 24, 2011
CF Walk 2011 and Katy's Krusaders
Every year I usually write a letter to fundraise for the CF walk and send it out to my mom's address book and also post it online. This year I got it started really LATE because of everything that was going on with the transplant work-up and some other craziness in our family. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting this year to be one of our top fundraising years. Our team has grown from about 10-15 people the very first walk back in 1995 or 1996. This year I had a little over 70 walkers on my team. I had donations from people that I honestly have never met. I really think that CF is going down. I hope there is a cure for CF in my lifetime, but if not, I know there will eventually be. The determination and avid support of people dedicated to fight this disease is completely overwhelming. This year my team, Katy's Krusaders recruited a bunch of new walkers, whom really set the bar high with their own fundraising efforts. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. My team so far has over $17k and I am still getting e-mails saying that people are still donating! After transplant, I'd really like to give back to the CF Foundation and help them in anyway I can. Whether it's volunteering at walks, participating in meetings, anything. The never ending outpouring of support is what keeps me going everyday. It's amazing how some people have never even met me, yet they say that I have inspired them. Kind of crazy. But I'll take it, and I'll do everything in my power to keep raising money each and every year because we all know fundraising is what financially backs the research on the drugs that could in the future potentially wipe out this horrific genetic disease and stop taking innocent lives of loved ones all around the world.