💙 In March of 2022 I was selected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Western PA Chapter as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. The Finest event brings together the most active and influential young professionals and philanthropists in the Pittsburgh area to support a great cause: finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. In accepting this distinction, I became part of a class of 50 local young professionals who are challenged to work together to raise awareness and funds for the CF Foundation’s mission to find a cure.
🫁 Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that affects every organ in the body and makes breathing difficult. Some people with the disease say it’s like breathing through a narrow straw. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria, leading to life-threatening lung infections. Kids & Adults with CF can spend up to 2 hours a day on necessary treatments and interventions, which is about 1 month per year! Today, children who once would not have lived long enough to attend elementary school are growing up into adults, graduating from college, pursuing careers, having children of their own. Thanks to Foundation-based research and care, many people with CF are now living into their 30s, 40s, and beyond. This is remarkable progress, but it’s not good enough.
👶 As part of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 2022 class of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know some of the families who have been affected by this devastating disease.
Sofia Martin, Pittsburgh, PA
Bryce & Elsie Bungard, Pittsburgh, PA,
Oliver Huffman, from Clarksburg, WV
🌈 These families have inspired me to do everything I can to make “CF” stand for “Cure Found.” So, I’ve set a personal fundraising goal of $7500, and I hope that you will consider supporting my Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest 2022 fundraising campaign.
☀️ Any amount will help me get that much closer to my goal! If 50 people make a donation of $100, I will be $5,000 towards my goal!
💰 Do you ever donate to a charity and wonder if your money gets put to good use? When you donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, your money goes to help support its mission of curing cystic fibrosis and providing all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives. Recognized globally, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has led the way in the fight against cystic fibrosis, fueling extraordinary medical and scientific progress.
👥 As a parent myself, I think it’s absolutely crucial that we come together to support these families who are searching for relief, hoping for a cure, and anxious about the unknown.
For more information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, please visit http://finest.cff.org/PGH50finest. Thank you for helping me reach my goal!