Team Katie – Great Strides 2013 results!

Team Katie - Great Strides 2013 photo gallery
Team Katie – Great Strides 2013 photo gallery

To all Team Katie supporters,

Thank you so much for your generous contributions to Team Katie in support of the 2013 Great Strides fundraiser. We continue to be overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of generosity and encouragement that we’ve received from you, our friends, as we do what we can to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

This annual fundraiser has been a huge motivator for us. In many ways, we feel powerless to help Katie. Our fundraising efforts have been one of the key ways that we’ve had to focus our energy in a positive way to help Katie live a long, healthy life. The funds that we raise are efficiently used to support CF patients and to help find a cure.

Some numbers from this year:
Total money raised for Cystic Fibrosis Canada = $3,012,779+
Total money raised for the Niagara Great Strides Walk at Safari Niagara = $41,000+
Total money raised for Team Katie = $17,078+
Total sponsors for Team Katie = 190
Total Team Katie walkers today = 48+

You can see a slideshow of some pics from this weekend’s event here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddhdow/sets/72157633843461981/show/

And, the complete flickr photo stream of the event is located here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddhdow/sets/72157633843461981/

Your monetary contributions have been a huge source of inspiration for us and we thank you for that. Not only are you helping fund the fight to beat CF, but each of you have also given our family a boost – we live with CF on a daily basis. We try not to get down, and most of the time, we’re okay. But, sometimes it all catches up with us. The weight of a fatal disease in the family makes for some grim thoughts from time to time. But, we feel comfort knowing that we have so many friends that support us and rally behind us in this cause.

To everyone that has helped us this year, we thank you. Each of you, in contributing your time, money, thoughts and prayers are helping to save Katie’s life. And for that, we are eternally grateful.

Much love,

Todd, Julie, Noah, Katie & Riley

Team Katie – Great Strides 2012 results!

Team Katie - Great Strides 2012 photo gallery
Team Katie – Great Strides 2012 photo gallery

To all Team Katie supporters,

Thank you so much for your generous contributions to Team Katie in support of the 2012 Great Strides fundraiser. We continue to be overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of generosity and encouragement that we’ve received from you, our friends, as we do what we can to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

This annual fundraiser has been a huge motivator for us. In many ways, we feel powerless to help Katie. Our fundraising efforts have been one of the key ways that we’ve had to focus our energy in a positive way to help Katie live a long, healthy life. The funds that we raise are efficiently used to support CF patients and to help find a cure.

Some numbers from today:
Total money raised for Cystic Fibrosis Canada = $2,082,058+
Total money raised for the Niagara Great Strides Walk at Safari Niagara = $40,000+
Total money raised for Team Katie = $19,000+
Total sponsors for Team Katie = 251
Total Team Katie walkers today = 65

You can see a slideshow of some pics from this weekend’s event here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddhdow/sets/72157629922562944/show/

And, the complete flickr photo stream of the event is located here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddhdow/sets/72157629922562944/

Your monetary contributions have been a huge source of inspiration for us and we thank you for that. Not only are you helping fund the fight to beat CF, but each of you have also given our family a boost – we live with CF on a daily basis. We try not to get down, and most of the time, we’re okay. But, sometimes it all catches up with us. The weight of a fatal disease in the family makes for some grim thoughts from time to time. But, we feel comfort knowing that we have so many friends that support us and rally behind us in this cause.

To everyone that has helped us this year, we thank you. Each of you, in contributing your time, money, thoughts and prayers are helping to save Katie’s life. And for that, we are eternally grateful.

Much love,

Todd, Julie, Noah, Katie & Riley

Great Strides 2010 Thank You Party

Great Strides 2010 Thank You Party
Great Strides 2010 Thank You Party

Ever since Katie was first diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis two years ago, the love and support of our family and friends has been phenomenal. We have been extremely grateful to everyone that has offered prayers, words of encouragement, friendship and support as we adjusted to living life with a fatal disease always lurking in the background.

On the last Sunday of May each year, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosts the annual “Great Strides™: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis” walk. This past May was our second year attending the walk. It was a greet day – the weather was perfect, we had a great turnout and we had a lot of fun. Check out this post for all of the details from the day.

This year, Team Katie had 210 sponsors and 53 people walked with us at Safari Niagara on Sunday May 30 2010. Team Katie raised over $13,000! Check out the Team Katie – Great Strides 2010 Results! blog post for a full summary of what the team accomplished this year.

To say thank you and to celebrate the success of this year’s walk, we hosted a thank you party for everyone that walked with us this year. The party was held at our house on Sunday August 29. You can see pictures from the event at this flickr slideshow.

We would like to say thank you to everyone that walked with us, donated to this year’s Great Strides walk and/or offered encouragement to us this year. We are truly grateful for the generosity that everyone has shown.

Much love,

Todd, Julie, Noah, Katie & Riley

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Folks,

Just wanted to remind you that May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Please do your best to help raise awareness to help fight CF. I’m personally raising awareness by blogging, fundraising and participating in the Great Strides walk on Sunday May 30 2010 at Safari Niagara in Stevensville Ontario.

What are you doing to help raise awareness and to help fight CF? Drop your comments below. And, send others to this site as well.

I haven’t posted much over the last month. That’s gonna change for May. I’m putting the finishing touches on a series of posts, entitled, “Cystic Diagnosis”. In this series, I’ll be sharing our personal diagnosis story. When we found out that Katie had CF. The process that took place to verify things. How we responded. etc.

And, I’m also going to fit in a post series on bioethics. As many of you are aware, we’re expecting our third child. Our daughter has CF. That means that Julie and I are both carriers. That means that Dow baby #3 has a 1 in 4 chance of having CF. Plenty of thought went into the decision to have a third child. We’ll share a bit of our thinking on that one. And, Dow Baby #3 is due this month (due date = May 27 2010). So… this bioethics series will be especially timely.

Thanks and stay tuned!

Todd

Community

Spread the word and help raise awareness.

  1. Watch and share our Great Strides 2010 video on YouTube.
  2. Join our Great Strides 2010 Facebook group.
  3. Post one of these badge images on your website:

Small Button – 120×60:

Badge – 260-175:

With these badges, you can link back to:

  1. Our blog: http://www.breathingasafamily.org/ or
  2. Our fundraising page: http://www.breathingasafamily.org/2010/04/great-strides-2010-how-you-can-help.html
Thanks for helping us raise awareness for this important cause!

Todd, Julie, Noah & Katie

Great Strides 2010 – how you can help

There are three ways that you can help:

  1. You can walk with us on May 30 2010;
  2. You can donate; or
  3. You can offer motivational support;

If you would like to join Team Katie and raise funds for this very worthwhile cause please click on the link below:
http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?Lang=en-CA&TSID=261808

If you would just like to donate without joining please click on this link:
Donate to Julie:
http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=2476855

Donate to Todd:
http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=820204

Let’s make this year an even better one!! If you are unable to make a financial donation, please consider our family in your thoughts and prayers. Cystic Fibrosis is something that we deal with on a daily basis. It is these fundraisers that give us tremendous hope for the future!

Thank you for your support!

Julie, Todd, Noah and Katie