I personally hold a special place in my heart for those affected by Cystic Fibrosis and their families.
Recently, my little girl was accidentally misdiagnosed with the disease. Being told that your baby may not live to see their mid-30's is beyond life-changing and extremely heartbreaking. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was there to help us understand what this meant for our daughter and our family at that time.
Upon receiving the news of the mistake, we felt overwhelmed with joy, yet it was overshadowed with heartbreak for those hundreds of parents who receive the same news about their own children each year - those whose pain I shared upon learning such a prognosis about my own daughter on that one day.
Since that very day, I've been so grateful for the second chance my daughter has received at living a full life. However, I've never forgotten the lives of those children and their families that still remain forever changed by the disease. Therefore, I've made it a personal mission of mine to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in any way I can - starting with my own personal donations.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cystic Fibrosis, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) defines it as "an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide)....About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year. More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two. More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older. The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the mid-30s."
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF.org) is an amazing nonprofit donor-supported organization whose mission is to the "development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease".
You may remember a few weeks back when I took JewelMint's Humanity Bracelet and created a one-of-a-kind Humanity Necklace. On the back of the pendant is a beautiful saying: "To love, to live and to give and give..."
When the thought of creating this necklace came to mind, I really took its meaning to heart...
I am kindly asking you to make a donation (of any amount) to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In turn, I am giving away this meaningful piece to one lucky donor.
Here's how you can help and to enter to win:1) Make a donation (any amount you wish) to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Please click on the link in the bottom bar below to make a direct and secure donation with Paypal or at CFF.org here.
2) Comment below with your first name and email address.
Ends Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 2nd and will be kindly asked to supply to us their electronic donation receipt with both the donation amount and all personal information blacked out in order to verify participation. The amount of your donation does not increase your likelihood of winning as this blog has no way of tracking the actual figures of the donations made. Winner's comment will be chosen at random using Random.org. This contest is open to all entries including U.S. and International.
Thank you for your support!
Click here to make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at CFF.org. Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis.