is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national
fund-raising event. 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the
event, which is held throughout the country each year on various weekends throughout May. Its purpose is to raise money to support innovative
research and care programs dedicated to adding tomorrows
every day to the lives of those with cystic fibrosis.
-- The 2013 Great Strides
Walk in St. Joseph will be held at Riverview Park on May 19th,
2013 at 1:00 pm (registration begins at noon).
Participants in the St. Joseph Great Strides Walk solicit sponsors prior to walk day (see below for more information) and are treated to an
afternoon of food, fun, music, prizes and a healthy 10K walk. It's a great opportunity to show support in the fight against cystic fibrosis and to share fellowship with families affected by the disease. Click here to see photos from the 2012 Great Strides walk.
. Last year's walk was held on May 20th at Riverview Park in St. Joseph. The weather was beautiful, and everyone had a great time walking
and talking with others about cystic fibrosis. There were some
dogs and baby joggers spotted on the course, as well as bikes and
scooters ridden by the younger walkers. Upon completion, many of
the participants stayed around to snack, chat and listen to music. Thanks to the generous efforts of people like you, we're pleased to announce some key numbers from the 2012 Great Strides Walk:
- The St. Joseph walk raised over $23,681 to fight
cystic fibrosis, fourth among all western Michigan cities that held the event.
- Team O2 (Hannah's personal fund-raising team) raised
$12,001, over 50% of the walk's total.
- Michigan's Great Strides Walks raised more than
- Nationally, the Great Strides Walk raised more than $40 million.
2002, the St. Joseph Great Strides event gained
national recognition as the 6th most
successful new walk site in the country. We even received special
notice from Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive
Officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, who spoke specifically
of our success to the Western Michigan CF chapter and also sent
us a congratulatory letter. As evidenced by the numbers above, the event has continued to grow and
we are hopeful that this year we can do even more!
How Do I Sign Up?
You can sign up to walk by going to the Great Strides page and registering from there. If you'd like to sign up as a member of Hannah Buck's team (Team
O2) you can click here to go directly to
Hannah's page. There you can view her
personal message and then sign up by clicking on the JOIN
MY TEAM button.
Once you've signed up, follow the steps below to get ready for
- Take a
form everywhere. Ask your friends, family, neighbors
and others to help you raise at least $150 for life-saving
donations prior to walk day and put in enclosed envelope. Checks
should be made payable to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
- Print and completely
fill out the walker information form and either turn it in
to your team leader or at the check-in table. Enjoy a scenic
walk and celebrate your accomplishments at the post-walk party.
I Can't Walk But Would Like to Help...
There are other ways to contribute to the CF fight if you are not near a walk location or are unable to be there the day of the event. You can:
- Click here to view Hannah's personal
message to you and then use the "Click to Donate" button to make a secure, tax-deductible donation.
- Encourage your business to become a corporate sponsor on walk day. A sign can be displayed acknowledging your organization's contribution to fight CF.
- Conduct a fund-raising event in advance of the walk to support Great Strides.
- Contribute directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
have been advancements made even since this time five years
ago. Therapy not available at that time has made a tremendous
difference in Hannah Buck's quality of life already. We invite you to bring your family, friends, and colleagues
and join thousands of others across the country to participate
in next year's Great Strides event. If you are from another
part of the country, you can take part in a walk there instead.
You will be raising money to help find a cure for this life-threatening
genetic disease. Money raised from Great Strides will be quickly
translated into exciting scientific advances that could have
a profound impact on the face of CF. Money buys science and
science buys life!