Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the American poet and educator once said, “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” When I was loading trucks and working three jobs, I always made it my business to give back. We all need to give back. Trust me. Every year we have a fund-raising drive for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and every year I am blown away by your generosity. When you help others who are less fortunate, you will get this amazing feeling that you have helped another child to live one day longer. The donations we raise for research will eventually put an end to this horrid disease that affects so many kids.
Great Strides is the main vehicle for raising donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Over 125,000 people participate in walks across the country including IST. We currently have over 130 registered walkers. Our goal is to get 200 walkers and have each walker raise $200 in donations. So far, we are off to a good start. Many kudos to Lori Mitchum, Vice President of Administration, who does an amazing job every year in orchestrating this annual campaign for IST.
Our fundraising drive is still underway. We’re almost half way to our goal for this year:
Last year we had 44 IST city teams and 242 registered walkers throughout the U.S. who helped raise over $25,000! This year we are striving to beat last year’s accomplishment. The top five fundraisers get to choose one of four prizes including an iPad Mini 2, Beats Headphones, a Playstation 4 and a $300 Amex gift card plus a free day of PTO! Very cool.
I have no doubt that someday we will find a cure for this disease and many other diseases that exist. In the United States more than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis.
Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year. More than half of the CF population is age 18 or older. We have conquered smallpox, malaria, diphtheria and typhoid fever. We will also conquer cystic fibrosis. Dale Carnegie once said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” So we will keep on trying and keep on giving until all diseases are eradicated. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity.