Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Named Charitable Organization of the Year by USA Track & Field

October 29, 2007

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was selected today as the 2006 Charitable Organization of the Year by USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body of track and field, long-distance running and race walking.

Great Strides 
The CF Foundation was honored for its largest fund-raising program—Great Strides—a national walk that raised nearly $32 million in 2006, and for other road races, jogs and marathons that raise money to support vital CF research and care programs. Craig A. Masback, CEO of USATF, noted that the CF Foundation has developed one of the nation’s most successful fund-raising programs by appealing to Americans’ desire to take action—not simply donate funds—for a cause.

As part of Great Strides, more than 200,000 coworkers, friends and family come together each year to walk in support of one cause: a cure for CF. Great Strides features nearly 600 walk sites, with participants walking as individuals or teams to raise money for CF. Since the first Great Strides walk in 1989, approximately $250 million has been raised.

Since 2002, USA Track & Field has studied the impact of charitable walking and running in the United States. The annual award, based on USATF’s studies, recognizes charitable organizations like the CF Foundation that have successfully advanced their cause through walks and runs. Including Great Strides contributions, more than $714 million was raised for charity by runners and walkers in 2007, USATF’s study found.

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