Great Strides 2006
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Alison Wachs Swims Extra Lap for CF

Alison Wachs, right, played bass at Super Splash to support the CF Foundation and friends, including Deb Donohough, left, who has the disease.

While many 7-year-olds were spending their summer learning to swim, Alison Wachs was already doing laps—not just for fun, but for a special cause. Wishing to help out her friend and fellow swimmer, Kaitlin Fowler, who has cystic fibrosis, Alison became a dedicated participant in the Georgia Chapter’s Super Splash event, which invites children to earn money for CF research for every lap they swim. In 2004, after five years as a Super Splash swimmer, Alison became the event’s chair.

Aiming to make Super Splash an even bigger splash in 2006, Alison, now 14, added a live band at poolside and moved the event to a Friday evening in June to encourage more families to attend. In addition, Alison and her father, Larry, rallied community support for Super Splash with a 30-second TV public service announcement. She and her mom, Kelly, also asked friends and businesses to make donations to a silent auction. Among many sought-after items were a baseball bat autographed by Atlanta Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta Braves tickets and free guitar lessons. Alison’s tremendous efforts paid off. Super Splash brought in nearly $50,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.