Team AireSpring is walking for a cure to Cystic Fibrosis. On June 1, 2013, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is holding a 5K Great Strides fundraising walk in Santa Monica, California, and Team AireSpring will be there to participate and raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disorder that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States and around the world. The disease primarily affects the lungs and digestive system, shortening the life span of those affected. In the past, children diagnosed with CF rarely survived long enough to see elementary school; today, thanks to advances in medical research and treatments, people with the disorder can expect to live into their late thirties and beyond.
Despite these advances, there is currently still no cure for CF. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was founded in 1955 and is the world leader in the search for a cure, funding more research than any other organization. Its work has made a huge difference in the lives of those who live with CF. Many of the treatments for CF are made possible by the Foundation and its research and care has vastly improved the quality of life for those affected.
Though CF is a deadly illness, its rarity means that there is currently no federal funding allocated to find a cure. As a nonprofit organization, the Foundation relies on fundraising events to help raise the money necessary to support its ongoing research. Great Strides is the most successful of these events, with many walks around the country, including six in southern California.
For AireSpring, cystic fibrosis is a very personal issue. Two of our team members have family that have been affected by the disease, including our Senior Vice President of Customer Operations Vicky Weatherwax, who has two grandsons, Atticus and Emmerich, who were born with CF. These brave young boys must undergo treatment every day to prevent the progression of the disease and the family dreams of a bright future where the children can live a long and happy life without being tethered to machines....