Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Annual CF Walk

Every year (except for the year I was in China!), Ted and I have walked the CF Great Strides 5K in support of his friend Jack and little brother Jason, who have CF. This year I have committed to raising $1000 for the walk and am putting feelers out for any of you who would like to help! Here is (a shortened version of) why we walk:

When Ted was 6 months old, I went to a new moms group at the Boulder JCC. In walked Stacy with her 9 month old son, Jack. It all began with that first meeting. Since then, our two boys have been together more than they have been apart. Ted and Jack swam together at Infant Aquatics, took soccer together, went to the JCC Preschool together for 3 years, and are now in Sunday school together at Har HaShem. They are such good friends. Sam and Jason, both 4, have followed their brothers’ example and are, without question, best friends. They swim together and are in the same class at Preschool. They constantly ask for playdates and are lobbying for a first sleepover. What treasures my boys have found in Jack and Jason. I have no doubt that they will remain friends throughout their lives.

Jack and Jason were diagnosed with CF (Cystic Fibrosis) as infants. CF 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 obstructs the pancreas, causing lung infections and stopping 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. We want Jack and Jason to live long and happy lives!

If you would like to sponsor me, I would be so grateful! I have set up an online donation page at:

Your generous gift will be used efficiently and effectively, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education.
Thank you in advance for any donation you can pledge- no amount is too small!!

More info about the walk can be found at:

It is so nice that the boys love each other so much! It took a while for Sam and Jason to actually like each other, but now they are INSEPARABLE! Please consider sponsoring me ... it all adds up! The CF Foundation has come so far in just the 5+ years I've known the Stoutenbergs and the treatments the boys receive are really top of the line. We can beat this disease!!!!!! Thank you to ALL of you who contribute. I truly appreciate it!!

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