Sunday, May 11, 2014

The First Step

"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.  
Family & friends at St. Peter Great Strides
Tip toe if you must, but take the first step. " - unknown

The fight against Cystic Fibrosis and the advancement in treatments all began with a single step.  That single step has affected thousands of people and lives giving hope to families, friends, and people with CF. 

I sang the national anthem before the walk.

Cystic Fibrosis is an orphan disease which means funding for research is only possible through self raised funds for research.  There are no national or government funded programs for research and development for a cure.  All of the life saving treatments developed to fight CF have only been possible because of donations from people like you.  We must financially support our own endeavor to find a cure and new life extending treatments.  I owe my life and every breath to those who have given support, literally.  Every step I take, is because of the generosity of strangers, my family, and dear friends. 

Andy & me
St. Peter Great Strides
Yesterday was the Great Strides Walk in St. Peter.  It was an amazing sight to see so many people come together for CF.  Each of their lives had been touched by CF in some manner.  The morning was beautiful for a 5K walk, and I lived each glorious step from start to finish.  The St. Peter Great Strides raised over $45,OOO for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to go towards research and drug development.  People are amazing. You, are amazing.  That money donated might just save my life.
Kendra & me

Endless Love & Gratitude
The steps you have each taken to fight CF, means hope for another tomorrow.  I cannot possibly thank you enough for the love and support.  Thank you to one of the dearest people in my life, Andy, who so passionately took on this cause and the St. Peter Great Strides Walk.  The greatest of love to you, Andy & Kendra, you are always there ready to take each step with me.  Thank you to my family and dear friends who came out to walk with us in St. Peter: it means more than you will ever know.  I am so grateful to each of you that donated.  Thank you to all the volunteers who made the event happen, and the people of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation MN/Dakotas chapter who so enthusiastically fight for us every day. Your donations, love, and support are helping add tomorrows, and helping give breath to each life.  Love to you all. 
Kirby showing his support to add tomorrows.

Where is each step taking you today?

There is still time to donate to the St. Peter Great Strides, or there is another chance to walk with us May 31 in Sioux Falls! 
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Register to walk or donate to Sioux Falls Great Strides
Saturday, May 31 @ 1O a.m. Spencer Park

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