Lauren Cole Run for CF

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The Problem

My cause does not fit the criteria of those above. My cause is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness. In October of 2006, my dear friend Lauren Cole died from cystic fibrosis. She was diagnosed at six months of age and battled this disease for nineteen long years with grace and a smile. Lauren recieved a double lung transplant in May of 2005, but her fragile body was just too weak. Lauren is my inspiration. Because of Lauren, I want to be a pediatric pulmonologist. I want to help people struggling with cystic fibrosis, just like her. This past October, I organized a run in memory of Lauren and in hopes of spreading awareness and raising research dollars in hopes of finding a cure for CF. This was my senior poject. I called this the "Lauren Cole Run for CF". I order to reach my goal, I had to do many tasks both big and small. I asked for sponsorships and donations, spread the word on the news stations, had my story in the newspaper, informed the community on radio stations, printed brochures and registration forms, met with leading physicians, put together race day packets, and planned out the events for the day. What a success it was! We raised over $13,000 to give to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Lauren. The foundation presented me with the "Make a Difference Award" in recognition of my efforts.I plan to make this run an annual event. Next year my fellow classmate, Chris Martin, plans to take over this run when I go to college. We hope to raise at least twice as much next year. I want people to always remember Lauren's smiling face and I desperately want a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation put my story on their website (http://www.cff.org/aboutCFFoundation/NewsEvents/index.cfm?ID=7712&TYPE=1670).

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