Dear friends and family,
It is my intention to raise $18,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research in July. My sons and I did something a little different this year for Great Strides – the annual CF fundraiser. Dax, Zak, Ryan and I hiked to Mt. Everest Base Camp in May, reaching a breathtaking elevation of just over 18,000 feet. We climbed in memory of my daughter Lexi who lost her battle with CF in 1995; in honor of my daughter Sharlie who continues to amaze us all with her courage and tenacity; and with hope for Ben and Lauren (my two grandchildren with CF) and the other 70,000 children and young adults worldwide who, because they inherited CF, fight each day to breathe.
A lot of people doing a little bit can change the world. I am humbly asking you to support my efforts. I intend to find 1,000 people willing to make a tax-deductible donation of $18.00 (one dollar for each foot of elevation) to this worthy cause. Will you be one of my 1,000 heroes? The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is consistently listed in the top charities in the nation. Your contribution goes where it’s needed – to help CF stand for Cure Found.
Here is the link: http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/ColletteLarsen
You will see a yellow “Click To Donate” button at the top of the page and another yellow button that will allow you to forward the page to others who might want to support our efforts.
Thank you – and please, in order for me to reach my goal I need you to become a CF ambassador. Please forward this message on to your address lists.
A few facts about 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.