Dear Auburn Family and Friends,
Hey family and friends, we are cousins and Auburn students. I’m Jennifer, an Accounting graduate student; I’m Cameron, a junior majoring in Communication Disorders; I’m Jessica, a sophomore majoring in Nursing and I’m Josh, a freshmen majoring in Business. As most of you know, our incredibly precious, six-year old cousin, Eleanor, has Cystic Fibrosis. Eleanor was diagnosed with CF when she was just one month old.
Many of you know CF is a genetically inherited disease that affects about 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. We have seen first-hand how life with CF can be difficult. Eleanor has two, thirty minute vest treatments each day to break up the mucus in her lungs. She also takes inhaled antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection to her lungs, as well as enzymes to help her digestive system. We are constantly amazed at our spunky cousin’s incredible ability to endure being still for such long periods of time!
As a family we have been raising money for CF research since Eleanor’s diagnosis. In fact, our family members across Alabama get involved in many ways to make a difference for Eleanor and everyone with CF. In 2012, we launched the Iron Bowl Challenge for CF to partner our important cause with our favorite school and football team. Since our family is “all in” when it comes to Auburn, we thought a healthy Alabama vs. Auburn competition would be a wonderful way to support CF research.
Many of you have been involved in the Challenge since the beginning. Last year, the Iron Bowl Challenge raised almost $3,400 for the CFF Alabama Chapter as part of a huge increase in the Chapter’s Annual Fund to about $15,000. Oh yes, and Auburn won our Challenge in 2013! Now, we hope you’ll join us again. This year, in the weeks leading up to the greatest SEC showdown, the Iron Bowl, Auburn University fans will be competing with University of Alabama fans to raise the most money to put toward research for finding a cure for CF!
Your donation today is more important than ever with the research that has led to the creation of Kalydeco® that affects the root cause of CF and in promising trials that were announced this summer for a combination of new drugs. We might want Auburn to win the Iron Bowl Challenge, but we know the winners of our competition will be our friends who are living with and fighting CF.
On behalf of Eleanor and all the CF patients, we offer our gratitude and thankfulness for your support and a big.... WAR EAGLE!
Jennifer, Cameron and Jessica and Josh