C. Richard Mattingly (right), the Foundation’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, joins CF volunteer leader Ron Harris (left) and Board member Barry Gump (center) at a recent Milestones event in California.
As a seasoned businessman and entrepreneur, Milestones to a Cure Campaign Chair Joe O’Donnell knew that for the campaign to reach its ambitious goal, it would need the generosity of the CF Foundation’s loyal supporters, as well as the kindness of people with no direct family connection to CF.
Since the campaign began more than two years ago, the outpouring of support has been tremendous, with more than $113 million in commitments already reported. A great deal of this support has come from devoted donors already participating in the Foundation’s many special events. The campaign has also had great success by reaching out beyond its core donors. More than one-third of the top 30 Milestones donors do not have cystic fibrosis in their family.
Among contributors to the campaign are several of O’Donnell’s close friends, including Steve Karp and Jim Pallotta, who have each generously committed $1 million to support crucial CF research. “Knowing the importance of the CF cause to Joe, and wishing to remember his son Joey, who lost his battle to CF at age 12, was part of our motivation,” says Karp, “but the Foundation is also an outstanding organization doing great work to find a cure.”
Like O’Donnell, the Magner family understood the importance of reaching out to others to fight CF. After his two youngest sons were diagnosed with CF, Casey Magner, a volunteer for the Greater Illinois Chapter, realized that he and his wife Jackie could not battle CF alone. “As a parent, you like to think that you can take on any problem that arises with your children, but it’s simply not true,” he said. “We needed others to help us.” To support the Foundation’s mission, Magner called on an extended group of family, friends and associates. The response was immediate. In July, one of his close friends contributed $500,000 to the campaign.
This year, Foundation President and CEO Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., also announced one of the larger gifts in Foundation history: a $10 million anonymous donation. With the donor’s generous support, Milestones takes a great step forward in its goal to raise $175 million by 2010.
“In the past year, with the help of so many devoted volunteers, Milestones to a Cure has truly grown into a nationwide campaign,” said C. Richard Mattingly, the Foundation’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We are honored that so many people have increased their giving to the Foundation through Milestones, and that many more, with no direct connection to CF, are inspired to participate in this campaign.”