and this means something . . .
and they mean something very, very important and special . . .
to this little girl:
it means hope,
it means inspiration,
it lets her know that she is not alone in her battle against cystic fibrosis,
it lets her know that these people are supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in her honor to find a cure for this disease.
It lets her know that on days like this,
that she is not alone.
Each year we sit down and go over our team roster and we go through our list of donors and the unbelievable amount of money that our team raises and we express our deepest gratitude. Olivia is now 7, she is knowledgeable beyond her age.
and the list of donors that I have her read, means something.
She reads through the list, views our climb for a cure web pages and studies the pictures. She asks about each and every person that comes to the climb and has donated to support her. She knows who her supporters are. She knows of those people who have been with us since the beginning of the climb and who are doing all they can to provide monetary support to find her a cure.
I'm sure it'll be weeks from now and Olivia will still be asking me about the climb, recalling the events of the day, remembering all the faces in the crowd that were there for her. She'll remember the amazing fundraising that we had going on from our team members and the 50+ climbers on our team. She'll no doubt recount this event for a long time and she'll recall the pictures and faces of everyone that was there for her and all those who gave generous donations on her behalf.
I pray, everyday, that we don't have days like this:
or like this,
Two small words, said with the deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of you that supported us in the 2017 CF Climb.
So, without further ado, Thank You:
Christy and Eric - for carrying on the yearly golf event fundraiser to raise money for the CFF and to everyone who attended the golf event in May which allowed us to gift $4,600 to the CFF for our 2017 CF Climb!
To our 2017 Climb for a Cure climbers:
Tim & Niki
Jim, Sheri, Christoper, Callie, Nahum & Sarah
Darci & Braelyn
Jackie, Madison, Sydney & Zach
Em, Austin, Carter & Makayla
Amber, Emma, Mason & Matthew
Kyle & Lisa
Charlie & Elise
Corey & Jen
Brad, Dylan, Karen and Kendall
Clark D - for implementing the Polaris Beard for A Cure benefiting the CFF. I wish I had a close-up picture of Clark and his question mark beard, but of course I always wish I had more pictures of the event and am always too busy running around to shoot them. His question mark was epic but I do have photos of these two studs: Jeff with his monkey tail and Cole as BATMAN.
This Just In: thanks to Cole for sharing this picture, here's Clark: the Polaris Beard for a Cure implementer, with his Question Mark:
Cole and the Rocky Mountain Climb crew for literally climbing a mountain for Olivia. Cole the video you put together and the no small feat that your climb is, clearly means more than you'll ever know. Olivia literally means it when she says that her friend Cole climbed a mountain for her and that she loves him!
And finally, to our generous donors. All of you who give to the CFF on behalf of Olivia for this event, it is because of you that we were once again the highest fundraising team for the 2017 CF Climb, 4 years running, raising over $21,000 for the CFF in this event! Thank You!
Each year, Olivia and I hand write thank you's to send out. We've been diligently working to get them finished up and will mail them out this week.
Again, thank you will never suffice to express our gratitude to all whom give to the CFF. Cystic Fibrosis is a "rare" disease and the funding needed for research to produce new medications, therapies and ultimately a cure is so important and to be able to raise the money that we do to support that mission is incredible.
Our hearts are full of gratitude to all of you who supported us in the 2017 CF Climb.