Sunday, May 5, 2013

Great Strides 2013

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event.  The money that is raised helps to support life-saving research, care and education programs to help those with cystic fibrosis.

Several months ago, Ryan and I decided to form a team for the Great Strides walk in our area.  When I registered, I was asked to enter an amount for our team's fundraising goal.  I entered $1000 thinking that I could surely get that if I asked everyone I knew and really worked hard to get the word out.  I sent an email to our family letting them know about the walk and asked if anyone wanted to donate or join our team.  One by one they started signing up.  Our team grew and people started raising money.  Everyone was excited about it and we actually had people who had never even met E sign up to walk with us!  This was our first walk and we had 24 adults and 10 kids on our team!!!
On the day of the walk, the weather wasn't very nice at all.  It was cold and windy and miserable but that didn't stop everyone from coming! 

I am so proud of everyone for getting the word out and sharing E's story.  I don't have the official numbers yet but I know that we have raised at least $19,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!  Yes, you read that right.  NINETEEN THOUSAND!  Never in a million years did I think we would raise that much money!
Every single person on our team did an amazing job and I cannot even begin to tell you all how much we appreciate it.  I do have to give a special thanks to Uncle Eric for raising $8,000 on his own!  Unbelievable!

***Update: Our final total was $20,100.00!  WOW!!***

 There were "hero awards" for all the kids who have CF and each one got to go up and receive their medal.

Then it was time to walk!

All that walking wore her out!

Love my little hero!


  1. WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW Amy!!! That is something to be really proud about! I love all those pictures and love the shirts! Your little girl is ADORABLE.