After nearly thirteen years of excuses for why I didn't have the time to do more through college and during my time in the military, I founded Lindsay's Legacy as a Great Strides Atlanta team in honor of my cousin, who was more like a sister to me. She's the center of my most cherished memories as she lived a life full of kindness, joy, and unconditional love. In all of these years following her lost battle, I've yet to meet someone who can match the way she impacted everyone she met. She lit up the room and, for me, her light never dimmed. I can only dream of carrying the passion she had through my life, and now it's time to carry her legacy forward to stop this disease that took my very first best friend.
Nearly 40,000 people in the United States have cystic fibrosis: a progressive, genetic disease that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. Sixty years ago, children with CF usually did not live long enough to attend elementary school. The life expectancy when Lindsay was born was only 14 years. Today, because of Foundation-supported research and care, the median survival age of people with CF is over 50. Working alongside the CF community, the CF Foundation has fostered the development of more than a dozen CF treatments and helped add decades of life for people with CF. Yet, many people with CF do not benefit from existing therapies. Our vision is a cure for every person with cystic fibrosis - a life free from the burden of this disease - and we will not leave anyone behind.
Every contribution you make, whether it's spreading awareness or a small donation, will move us closer to that ultimate goal: ensuring a cure. I hope you'll join me in this 10-week journey to offer hope to all of those living with or affected by Cystic Fibrosis. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org http://www.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!