We’ve got another cold and wet day today. Although I’m longing for warmer weather, unfortunately these temperatures aren’t outside the norm for spring in Michigan. But here’s something good…spring means that Great Strides is coming up! That’s something that always warms my heart.
Here is a write up about the walk from the official Great Strides page:
On the 30th anniversary of Great Strides – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event – we celebrate the many milestones we have achieved thanks to our supporters. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in over 400 walks across the country to support the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness about this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Their dedication over the past 30 years has resulted in tremendous progress.
The CF Foundation is leading the way in innovative research and drug development, promoting high-quality, individualized care, and helping people with CF live better today. Nearly every CF drug was made possible by the Foundation and because of funds raised from Great Strides, people with CF are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing their dreams.
While we have come so far, we still have so much work to do. The lives of people with this disease are still cut far too short.
Last year our team raised over $4000 and we hope to match or exceed that amount this year! Please consider joining our efforts in some way. Our walk this year is at Washtenaw Community College on Saturday, May 12th at 11:00am. To join our team, visit the Breathe4Betsy team page. If you’re not local but would still like to be a team member, you can join as a virtual walker and raise money for the team. If you’d like to support our fundraising efforts, please visit our personal pages ( Jaime, Betsy, and Lucas). You can simply show up and walk with us as well!
It’s hard to describe what it feels like to be joined by family and friends in these efforts. My spirits are lifted and I’m reminded that in spite of the many challenges this disease brings into my life, it also affords me blessings. One of these blessings is experiencing the great love and support of so many wonderful people. I am truly grateful!