With every new Great Strides campaign comes the task of writing a new letter asking people for money. Some years it is a great burden, as the weight of this illness can bear down on the psyche. Other years the letters seems to flow easily from my fingers because I’m inspired or because I am desperate, I’m never really sure. What I am sure of is that each and every year we have done a Great Strides campaign we marvel at the generosity of those people we call family.
It’s that time again in which I must reach out to all of you, my close friends, my Facebook pals, my work colleagues and or course, my blood relatives. I must reach out to you because, although there have been great strides made in discovering new treatments that may halt to progress of CF, these type of medicines do not effect all people with CF… not yet. But they are close, so very, very close. Someday within Jacob’s near future, a medicine could be available that will allow him to never have to do another breathing treatment to break up the sticky- life threatening mucus that forms in his lungs, that will allow his body to grow and be stronger, that will allow him to throw away the vest and the medicines that he hates so much (but must do to stay healthy) and that he’ll live a long and full life just like anyone else.
But it takes donations from people like you, and from the people you may forward this letter on to.
Each year at this time I put my heart on display for all to see. I have no pride as I plead for help to raise money for Great Strides. Any parent in my situation would do the same. I hope that you’ll consider following this link to the Malchus family CF Donation page and helping my son, Jacob, and all people living with CF. Someday that medicine will become available. Someday can’t come soon enough.
This year, Sophie has taken the initiative in creating her own CF page, in writing letters to her friends, and by working on our family fundraising video. I hope you will watch this video and feel the love that she poured into putting it together. My daughter adores her younger brother, as the pictures in this video show. And, like her parents, she will do anything to ensure that her brother lives a long and healthy life.
Thank you for your time and your continued support of our family and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.