Great Strides 2015 – the walk is this weekend!

Great Strides 2011 - Team Kaite
Great Strides 2013 – Team Katie

Folks,

After much fundraising, the walk has finally arrived! So far, Team Katie has raise almost $8,000 for this year’s walk and we couldn’t have done it without your help!

This Sunday is Great Strides and here are the logistics for this Sunday:

Date/Time to meet: 9am on Sunday May 31
Location: front entrance of Safari Niagara in Stevensville (link to Google map w/ directions)
For those with a paper map or GPS system, here’s the address:
2821 Stevensville Road
Stevensville, Ontario
L0S 1S0
http://www.safariniagara.com/

On walk day, make sure you bring:

  • your “manage online donations” and “manage cash and cheque donations” printouts;
  • your Great Strides t-shirt (if you have one from previous years) – we will not be getting new t-shirts this year;
  • dress for the weather – the walk will proceed rain or shine;

Here’s the ballpark agenda for the day:

9am: Assemble as a team;
– get a team picture;
– submit your paperwork at the registration desk (each walker/family needs to register at the registration desk);
9:30am: Go our separate ways and enjoy the walk through the park;
11:30am: Meet as a team in the bandshell area (it’ll be marked) to eat lunch
– Last year, complimentary hot dogs & pop were provided;
– Bring your own drinks & snacks;
– For the kids: enjoy the bouncy castles, clown, balloon animals and face painting;
1pm: Awards ceremony – top fundraisers get prizes!
– stick around for this – in previous years, many Team Katie fundraisers received really nice prizes;

To do in advance:

  1. If possible, keep track of your cash and cheque donations online so that this will go towards our Team Katie grand total (Click here to log in, then click on “Fundraising” in the left navigation bar on the page. Under your fundraising summary (left navigation bar) click on the “Manage Cash & Cheques” and follow the instructions);
  2. Print out your “manage online donations” and “manage cash and cheque donations” and bring them with you on walk day along with any cash & cheques that you have collected;
  3. Mark your submissions clearly with “Team Katie” to make sure they are reflected in our team’s total!

If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email or call us:
Home: (905) 563-7195
Julie cell: (905) 348-9169
Todd cell: (905) 931-0945

Thanks for your commitment to help us make CF mean Cure Found!

See all of you on Sunday!

Todd, Julie, Noah, Katie & Riley

 

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Team Katie – Great Strides 2015

Katie - Great Strides 2014Folks,

As many of you know, our daughter Katie has Cystic Fibrosis. Katie was diagnosed with CF on September 30 2008. She was 17 months old at the time.

On Sunday May 31 2015, Cystic Fibrosis Canada will be hosting the annual Great Strides walk for cystic fibrosis. We will be walking and invite you to join us for this annual event.

CF, which affects the lungs and the digestive system, is the most common, fatal, genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. Forty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend kindergarten. Today, half of Canadians with CF are expected to live into their 40s and beyond.

While life span has improved for patients with CF, quality of life is still an issue. Daily treatments, medication, clinic visits and health challenges are always present. When Katie is healthy, we do two treatment sessions a day with her. When she is sick (cold, flu, etc.), we do three or four treatment sessions each day with her.

Here’s a brief list of her regular medicine intake and treatment regimen:

  • approx 30 pills a day (enzymes – they help Katie digest food);
  • vitamin supplements;
  • 2 to 4 Pediasure nutrition supplement drinks each day;
  • Nebulizer + medicine – basically, a mist mask that Katie wears twice a day for 20 minutes each time;
  • Percussion treatment – 20 minutes of hitting her chest and back – twice a day;
  • Inhaled antibiotics – she’s been on this medicine pretty much non-stop for the last 6 months;

Plus, the following “specialty items” when she is sick with a cold, flu or other sickness:

  • Oral antibiotics;
  • Additional medicine in her nebulizer from time to time as her health dictates;
  • Additional nebulizer and percussion treatment – typically 3 or 4 treatment sessions a day when she’s sick;

Please watch our fundraising video from last year (Great Strides 2014 video), which provides a window into our world:

Each year, on the last Sunday in May, friends, family and co-workers of people with cystic fibrosis participate in “Great Strides”, which is Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s largest national fundraising event. Walk with us on Sunday May 31 2015.

To assist, you can:

  1. Donate money;
  2. Donate and/or collect pledges and Walk with us on Sunday May 31; and/or
  3. Recruit others to join us in this fundraising event;

To join our team, “Team Katie”, and walk with us on May 31 at Safari Niagara in Stevensville, click here: Join Team Katie

To sponsor us directly in our fundraising efforts for Team Katie, click here: Sponsor Team Katie

We thank you for your support. Our wish is that one day, CF will stand for “Cure Found”.

Thanks!

Todd, Julie, Noah, Katie & Riley Dow