Why did we start?
When our twin granddaughters, Kayla and Samantha were born nearly 24 years ago we didn't know anything about CF but we learned a lot in a hurry. Within a few hours of their birth, we learned that Kayla had cystic fibrosis, the number one genetic disease effecting children. The impact on Kayla's daily life was huge. She would receive chest PT 2-4 times a day along with nebulized antibiotics as well as enzyme capsules every time she ate to deal with digestive symptoms. There was also the probability of frequent 2 week tune-ups in the hospital to clear any lingering infections in her lungs caused by the sticky mucous that is caused by the CF. All of this and life expectancy only to young adulthood. We could not accept this as fact and decided to do everything we possibly could to change it.
The isolation of the defective gene that causes CF was announced on the very day that Kayla was born and we took this as a sign. We decided to raise money to send to the CF Foundation to speed the research process and make the difference for Kayla and all of the other people with CF in their lifetimes.
Progress is being made and each discovery is a milestone that brings us closer to the cure!
Our final year of the traditional Three Day Stampede weekend event was in 2019 and marked the 29th Annual Three Day Stampede toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Thanks to the incredible support of the extended community this event was one of the largest grass roots fundraisers for the CF Foundation. The Stampede included a giant yard sale under 30 tents, a used book sale, silent auction, bake sale, walk-a-thon, 5K run and much more! We are proud to have been sponsored by WOKO, who donated over $10,000 in airtime annually, including live coverage on site.
Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have been forced to change how we fundraise, but we haven't stopped! While we are not able to do our traditional three day lawn sale, we still are able to fundraise through various events throughout the year including a Field Hockey Tournament, 5K, Walkathon, and much more!
Where does the money go?
All money raised during our events go directly to the CF Foundation. Please visit the CFF website www.cff.org for a complete look at The Foundation and the incredible work that is being done.
All of the people who organize and run our events are volunteers, and whenever possible, materials and services are donated. Over the course of the last 30 years, we have raised over 2 million dollars to send to the Foundation for programs and research. The committee and our incredible volunteer team, along with our entire family work very hard to put these events together each year and we couldn't do it without people like you who are willing to become involved. The overwhelming love that we feel for our
Kayla and the urgency that we and the families of kids with CF feel about keeping them healthy and strong is all the incentive we need. We hope that it will be enough for you too! Thank you for taking the time to read this information.
Whether you sponsor an event, donate, walk in the walk-a-thon, run in the 5K or attend events, every dollar that you add to our total has a positive impact on each and every person in the entire world who suffers from cystic fibrosis.
As a sponsor, you also receive many advertising opportunities, which we have outlined on the following pages.
You can reach us with any questions or to let us know what sponsorship level you are interested in at 802-453-3952 or 453-4305. Thank you for your continued support!