I just wanted to share some exciting news! We were honored to be asked by our local news station, WRAL to do an interview which focused on our lives with Cystic Fibrosis and our participation in the upcoming CF Foundation Great Strides fundraiser. Kelsie did most of the talking and I was so proud of how confidently she shared about having CF. She is a smart and amazingly resilient little girl! The story will air this Monday afternoon, (though I’m not exactly sure which program yet) so be on the look out for it or set your DVR to record the news that day! 🙂
I also wanted to remind you that our Great Strides walk is now just ONE WEEK away! This has been a long, exhaustive, and at times emotional fundraising campaign if I’m honest. Participating in fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is not only time consuming, but also requires us to explain CF to others, talk about how it affects our lives on a daily basis, how it is going to damage our girls’ body overtime, and come face to face with it’s life shortening prognosis. It also requires us to tell our story time after time which inevitably opens up old wounds that we know will just never completely heal. Even though you can come to accept it and live a happy and normal life despite it, you just never fully get over the fact that both of your precious children have a chronic and life-threatening condition for which there is no cure.
Fundraising isn’t easy. It isn’t fun. And it is far from my past time of choice. We would rather not live with CF on the forefront of our minds every day but that happens when we lead a fundraiser. Yet, we still do it because we believe that making people aware of what this disease is and how lives are affected is the only way to raise the support needed to find a cure. So Nathan and I are committed to staying involved and helping this foundation because we whole-heartedly believe the money raised WILL make a difference. The CFF pours in every last resource they have to help those with CF live happier, healthier, and longer lives and, through their work over the years, they have already given me so much more time with my children.
So far our team, Team Take it Away, has raised almost $5,500 in donations plus an additional >$3,000 just from T-shirt sales!!! We are now one of the top teams in the Great Strides Wake County Walk and consequently, Kelsie and I will likely be invited to be among a group of 15-20 individuals to meet with Governor Cooper on the steps of the Governor’s Mansion on walk day! Thank you so much to those of you who have been a part of that success and have already contributed through a donation or purchase of a T-shirt. We are so incredibly grateful for you and appreciate your support more than you’ll ever know! While I am so pleased with what we have raised so far, we are still under my goal of $10,000. I would love to see us exceed that goal and do even more for this amazing organization.
If you still would like to be a part of this and support our team, it is not too late! Would you consider making a donation and help us finish strong in our final sprint towards the end? No donation is too small (or too large!). 😉 And all donations are 100% tax deductible. You can make a secure online donation through our fundraising page: http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/
We also have a short amount of time to put in more shirt orders so if you would like one, please order by tomorrow (Sunday) night. So far we have sold an unbelievable 212 shirts for Team Take it Away and everyone seems to love them! We have 4 colors – pink, blue, gray, and mint and they are $20 each. https://squareup.com/store/
teamtakeitaway (the adult pink pictured online is now slightly different and will be a lighter “azalea” pink, the youth sizes are still as pictured.)
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this and for loving and supporting us along this journey!