The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) sponsors "Great Strides" walks and other events to raise awareness and funds for research toward control and a cure for CF. My family got involved with CFF and formed "Team Faith". To-date Team Faith has raised close to $500,000 to fund research. That money helps buy time for CF patients until a cure is found. We're committed to keep working until the last dollar needed is raised!
Realizing what a difference community involvement makes, in 2001 my parents managed the effort to set-up a new Great Strides walk site in our home town, Shepherdstown, WV. The people of Shepherdstown and surrounding towns, and family and friends made it a great success! We raised about $36,000 to support cystic fibrosis research.
My parents began learning about cystic fibrosis (CF) as soon as my condition was diagnosed. They are committed to doing whatever they can to support the research to help find a cure. They have enlisted all the help they can get from family and friends, and the community at large.
Team Faith 1999
What has become the annual Shepherdstown Walk also includes a silent auction, and we continually add Great Strides wrap-around events. In 2002, we held our first golf tournament at Cress Creek Country Club, and a 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run at Poor House Farm Park. We had lots of "kid power" as children at Shepherdstown Elementary, South Jefferson Elementary and St. Joseph's School raised money with Hop-a-thons and Hat Days. Many children raised their own money to earn a CFF T-shirt to wear at our Great Strides Walk at Morgan Grove Park. Thanks to all our wonderful supporters we raised about $54,000 for CFF research. See 2002 Team Faith pictures
Great Strides Walk 2001
In 2003, the kids collected, hopped (Shepherdstown Elementary), wore hats (St. Joseph's), an/or walked to make their contributions. Many kind businesses and individuals donated money, goods, and services as gifts, prizes, and Silent Auction items. McDonald's, Waldenbooks, and Dip & Twist provided special promotions. We held our second Golf Classic and 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run. A highlight of the fundraising year was our first chili cook-off. Our wonderful supporters help raise over $55,000 to contribute to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. See 2003 Team Faith pictures
We had some enthusiastic new supporters in 2004 like the kids from Tuscarora Elementary who held a Hat Day, and the Jefferson Cougar Drum Corps who kicked off our walk with a flourish! In the fall, we had a great turnout for our second Chili Cook-off which was moved to the Shepherdstown Train Station; and, a beautiful day for our third 5K Run/Walk. With our four main and many smaller wrap-around events, Team Faith supporters again raised about $55,000 for CF research.
Ronald McDonald and DC News 4 reporter Jackie Bensen added star power to the 2005 Great Strides Walk and Silent Auction. Of course, the real stars of all our fund-raising events are the wonderful donors and sponsors who continue to support Team Faith, and the incredible folks who volunteer to make the events happen and work tirelessly to raise every possible dollar! The proceeds from the Walk and Silent Auction, Golf Classic, Chili Cook-off, 5K Run/Walk, and other events exceeded prior year, and close $60,000 was raised for CF research.
Fundraising started with a series of parties - purses, Pampered Chef, Longaberger - proceeding each Team Faith Committee meeting. They provided cash and products to jump start the Walk and Silent Auction donations. An added dimension of fun at our Walk and Silent Auction came from a dunk tank, featuring the opportunity to immerse several local "celebrities" who were willingly soaked to raise money for CFF! A very special thanks goes to those good sports who we want to stay dry until next year when their services will be called upon again!! Our activities raised about $55,000 for CF research. See 2006 Team Faith pictures
Team Faith first participated in the Great Strides walks in Frederick, MD in 1999 and 2000, raising $3,000 the first year and $8,000 in 2000.
Longaberger and purse parties at the Team Faith Committee meetings again provided auction items to start off the year's fund-raising. The weather for the Walk and Silent Auction was cool, but, the participants and supporters were warm-hearted, and our results were hot! Special thanks to the bravehearts who ignored the chilly temperature and made the dunk tank a rousing success again! Rising costs convinced us to eliminate the golf tournament. We obtained a beautiful quilt from a long-time supporter and award-winning quilter to raffle as a special wrap-around fund-raiser. The drawing added spice to the annual chili cook-off Labor Day weekend. With a lot of work, we raised about $50,000 for CF research.
The people of Shepherdstown and the surrounding areas have remained steadfast in their support. The schools and children eagerly hold hop-a-thons and hat days. Businesses promote jeans days. Businesses sponsor our events and/or provide items for prizes, raffles, or our auctions. Individuals help in more ways than we can ever repay - time, money, donated items. The teams created by family and friends of CF victims who participate in the Shepherdstown Great Strides Walk and Silent Auction, and support some of our other events are enormously instrumental to our success. We are overwhelmed and extremely appreciative of the dedication and commitment of so many. Since 2002, at least $50,000 has been raised each year via the Shepherdstown walk site. So, all we can say is a very sincere THANK YOU, and then ask that you continue to support us any way you can! Suggestions and, of course, donations, are welcome anytime!
A Poker Run by motocycle enthusiasts was introduced in the spring of 2008 with enough success - and fun - to make it a new annual event. Another highlight of the year was the enthusiastic support of the Kohl's A-team. They not only raised money, but also volunteered to work however needed at the walk.
2009 brought even more great team support at the walk. A new relationship was formed with Hersh Business Systems as they held thier own fundraisng events and made them wrap-arounds to the Shepherdstown Great Strides Walk.