Letters: Join fight against Cystic Fibrosis

Great Strides is a family fun. We will walk about 2 1/2 miles on a flat route. Kids can bring bikes and scooters. There is food and entertainment. The zoo brings animals and Caden's dad is working on bringing the "reptile guy" who will have lots of snakes and other creatures near and dear to our Caden's heart.

Please join our team. I would love it if every family in our class, in third grade and in our school could come to this event. And if you can't attend maybe your child would be able to travel with another family. I want Caden to know he can count on me and the rest of us to help fight this disease. The government gives no money to support the needed research, so it is up to people who care to help in any way they can! I plan to stay involved in fund-raising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the rest of my life.

Lisa and Eleni Gotsis have formed Eleni's Team for Caden and perhaps you might consider doing this, too. Josiah Jensen in grade 4 has a team. Former student and high school soccer star AJ Richichi is forming a team at the high school! The more teams, the more money we will raise. 90 percent of all dollars go directly to finding better treatments and a cure. I have contact information as well as a pamphlet for you, so please let me know and I will send it home. You can also contact cjardine@cff.org with questions as she is here in Central New York and ready to help.

Teams generally have 15 to 20 members. For school, we are going to be one or two big teams. You do not have to attend on May 21 in order to join a team. We are looking to do a small fund-raiser at school in May. There are lots of ideas for other fundraisers and I am going to appeal to all of my personal email address-book friends to join or sponsor me in bringing hope and help to Caden and all others like him. And any amount helps! If we all give a little it will help a lot! But of course please be as generous as you are able.

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