Team Katie – Great Strides 2016

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 29 2016, Cystic Fibrosis Canada will be hosting the annual “Carstar Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History” (formerly called “Great Strides”). 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.

Katie deals with this disease on a daily basis through twice-a-day treatments (double these when she is sick!), daily dietary supplements, medication with all of her meals and snacks and constant concern for her well being, among other things.

While life span and quality of life have improved for patients with CF, there is still a real danger that our daughter will succumb to this disease sooner rather than later. We need your help to raise urgently needed funds that are used to raise awareness, fund research and advocate on behalf of CF patients across Canada.

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 the “Carstar Walk To Make Cystic Fibrosis History”, which is Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s largest national fundraising event. Walk with us on Sunday May 29 2016.

To assist, you can:

  1. Donate money;
  2. Donate and/or collect pledges and Walk with us on Sunday May 29; and/or
  3. Recruit others to join us in this fundraising event;

To join our team, “Team Katie”, and walk with us on May 29 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”.


Todd, Julie, Noah, Katie & Riley Dow

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