BENEFITING: LOST LAKE RUN
EVENT DATE: Aug 22, 2015
Hi Friends and Family,
Fitness fiends, among others, take breathing for granted!! We push to the limit of our abilities, enjoying that “out of breath” feeling, because it means that we are gaining fitness, burning calories, and having fun. But what if that feeling wasn’t a choice? What if you felt like that all the time? People with cystic fibrosis (CF) don’t get to choose their episodes of breathlessness, nor do they get to enjoy the same ability to exercise that others do.
CF is a genetic disorder that causes mucus to be thick and sticky, rather than thin and slippery. The main effects are on the lungs and respiratory system, but CF can affect the entire body, from the GI tract to the reproductive system. While there is currently no cure for CF, relatively recent improvements in management of CF have resulted in drastic increases in lifespan, from a median survival age of ~6 months in 1959, to an astounding 37-40 years of age in 2010. (Wikipedia, see following) .
Imagine helping to give someone another 40 years of life, with just a small click of a button! Tempted? Donate to my fundraiser for the Lost Lake Run, a 16-mile competitive running race through the wilds of Alaska, with the main purpose of benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!! The race event, taking place annually since 1992, is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductable! I am going to run the race, become short of breath, and ruminate on how lucky I am to have properly functioning lungs. You, my friends, are (I hope) going to donate to this cause, and in so doing, potentially help millions of little kids struggling to breathe!
To donate, please click on the big orange button that says DONATE to help fight CF and help some little kids breathe easier! My goal is $1000 by August 22, Race Day, but I’d love to raise more!!
For more information about the race or about CF, please navigate to or click on any or all of the following links/addresses:
PS: photo credit for Team Photo: Jim Lavrakas, from www.trailrunningclub.com