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Cystic fibrosis is a devastating genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. More than ten million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. Advances continue to be made in finding a cure, but your help is needed now -- more than ever -- to help keep up the momentum of this life-saving research. Sixty years ago, children with CF usually did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, because of Foundation-supported research and care, the median survival age of people with CF is about 40. This is remarkable progress, but not good enough. We continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit cff.org. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with cystic fibrosis. Thank you for supporting the mission of the CF Foundation!
As most people know I was blessed with having Jennifer Eagan in my life as my best friend. We met when we were in junior high and quickly became friends. Only when we invited her on a family trip and her parents insisted on sitting down with my parents to discuss her health needs did I start to grasp the challenges she faced with Cystic Fibrosis. In 1993 she told me that she would most likely only live to be in her twenties due to her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. She fought hard everyday of her life and lived to be 36, passing on to heaven 4.5 years ago. Her strength and kindness were so admirable. It didn't matter what battles she was fighting she always worried more about what others were going through when she spent everyday fighting to take a breath. I hope that through my efforts to bring awareness and funding to this challenging disease that I can help someone else have their best friend by their side for a longer time. I still feel her with me by my side everyday, although her body decided it was time to move on, her love and memory will live on forever.