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
Progress is being made and each
discovery is a milestone that
brings us closer to the cure!
This year marks the 26th Annual Three Day Stampede toward
the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Thanks to the incredible support of
the extended community this event is one of the largest grass
roots fundraisers for the CF Foundation. The Stampede includes
a giant yard sale under 30 tents, a used book sale, silent auction,
bake sale, walk-a-thon, 5 K run and much more! We are proud to
be sponsored by WOKO, who has donated over $10,000 in airtime
annually, including live coverage on site.
Where does the money go?
All money raised during this event will 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. Progress is being
made and each discovery is a milestone that brings us closer
to the cure!
All of the people who organize and run this event are volunteers,
and whenever possible, materials and services are donated.
Over the course of the last 25 years, we have raised just under
1.7m 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 this event 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. Last year
we raised over $123,458 and with your help this year we hope
to exceed that total! This event is a habit forming, positive,
uplifting experience that we are proud to present to our
extended community. The event will take place on
July 28, 29, 30, 2017 at the Bristol Recreation Field.
Whether you sponsor the event, donate to the silent auction,
walk in the walk-a-thon, run in the 5K or attend the event,
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!
Please take a moment and watch the short documentary
802-453-3952 or 453-4305
"How to Live to Be 100" about the event.
Bonita and David Bedard
Grandparents and Organizers
David & Bonita Bedard
711 Dan Sargent Road Starksboro, VT 05487
802-453-4305 or 802-453-3952