Great Strides Walk to Cure CF

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Hannah Buck's Team O2 promotional video.

Great Strides — A Walk to Cure CF 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.

2013 Great Strides Walk Date Set For May 19th -- 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).

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About the Walk... 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.

St. Joseph Great Strides 2012 Walk a Tremendous Success!. 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 $1 million.
  • Nationally, the Great Strides Walk raised more than $40 million.

A Little History... In 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?

Hannah dances at the SJHS Variety Show, 2013You 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 "Walk Day."

  1. Get Sponsors - Take a sponsor form everywhere. Ask your friends, family, neighbors and others to help you raise at least $150 for life-saving research.
  2. Collect from Sponsors - Collect donations prior to walk day and put in enclosed envelope. Checks should be made payable to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  3. Walk Day - 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.

Great Strides - Taking Steps to Cure Cystic FibrosisThere 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!