Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-shortening disease that affects 40,000 people in the United States. People with cystic fibrosis must battle many serious symptoms, including difficulty in breathing and digesting food.
M4CF encourages children and adults with CF to be active and exercise to garner the benefits to both physical and mental health. M4CF also understand that living with CF creates a financial toll on CF families.
The money we raise at the Augusta Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is used to help local CF families. Nearly $135,000 has been raised and used to provide assistance to patients from the Augusta University CF Care Centers. We raise funds to support these families through the Susan C. Burroughs Critical Needs Initiative. This program helps to keep food on the table and utilities on for CF families who are facing temporary financial challenges. M4CF also sponsors BreatheStrong exercise grants to provide funding for lessons, memberships, activities, and equipment so that CF fighters can participate in the healthy physical activity of their choice. More than 350 kids and adults with CF have received M4CF BreatheStrong exercise grants to help them stay active for longer, stronger lives.
65 Roses is a child's mispronunciation of cystic fibrosis. We call our friends who run and fundraise with us "Team 65ROSES." Be part of Team 65ROSES, make a donation, or ask your friends and family to donate in support of your running (or walking!) the Augusta University Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Help give children and adults living with cystic fibrosis longer, stronger lives.