THANK YOU FOR MAKING SHAMROCKIN' FOR A CURE 2020 A HUGE SUCCESS!
As you may know, the global pandemic has meant that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Greater IL Chapter has had to change or cancel all their events since March. We have made the difficult decision to cancel Shamrockin for a Cure 2021. You can still be part of the CURE and donate today.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
- clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
- obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have enhanced and extended life for children and adults into their 30's, 40's and beyond.
Our son, Brady O’Connell was born March 13th 2009, and immediately brought us tremendous joy and excitement! However, our world dramatically changed the following morning when the neonatal doctor recommended transporting Brady to a level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and ultimately diagnosed Brady with Cystic Fibrosis.
From day one, the CF Foundation has been an indispensable resource and support system to us, and has made incredible strides in the search for curing Cystic Fibrosis.
Even though our Shamrockin' for a Cure plans have shifted, we are excited to invite you to be part of a different challenge we are taking on to support the 2021 event! Next spring, our family will be headed to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to celebrate Shamrockin' by completing the 26 mile trek around the lake. We invite you to make a donation today!