Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Samantha Needs My Help and Yours.

This is Samantha. She turned 3 years old in December. She LOVES playing outside.

Her mama, Alicia, is one of my real life friends from college and blogs at Experiencing Each Moment. Alicia is an amazing woman! Her husband is currently deployed with the Navy, so Alicia has sole care for Sam's big brother (Timothy, almost 6) and Sam.

A big part of that care is providing Sam with daily medication and physical therapy to treat her Cystic Fibrosis.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,

CF is 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). 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.
Right now, Sam is doing very well. She is healthy, growing and responding to her treatments. But, for now, this disease has no cure.

What it does have is a "predicted median age of survival ... of 37 years."

37 years.

That is way too young!!

So, what can we do to help Samantha and others like her find better treatments and ultimately a cure for Cystic Fibrosis?

First, pray.
  • Pray that a cure is found.
  • Pray that Sam continues to respond to treatments.
  • Pray that her Daddy, Dan, stays safe as he serves our families and our country at sea.
Second, give.
  • Give because Sam is a cute little girl.
  • Give because Alicia writes a wonderful blog.
  • Give because saying 'thank you' to Dan for his military service seems so inadequate!
Giving is super easy. You can go to Dan's GREAT STRIDES Home Page and follow the links.

Sam and her family currently need $380 to reach their goal for the CF GREAT STRIDES walk this month. I have about 30+ folks who read this blog every day. Let's each give $10 to help Samantha reach their goal AND possibly fund a cure for her disease.

Go here to give today.

1 comment:

Alicia said...

Love it!!! THANK YOU!!!

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