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Team “Sean’s Pals” Raises $1 Million Through CF Foundation Great Strides Walks

April 20, 2012

Sean Squires, 14, the inspiration behind the New Jersey Great Strides team Sean’s Pals, accepts a donation from Camp Deeny Riback last year.

Sean Squires, 14, the inspiration behind the New Jersey Great Strides team Sean’s Pals, accepts a donation from Camp Deeny Riback last year.

When the Squires family stepped out in their first Great Strides walk in 2003, Bill and Jodi’s five-year-old son Sean had just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They raised $7,500 for the CF cause.

This spring, the Squires family will be walking with other Greater New Jersey Chapter volunteers in their 10th Great Strides — and on April 10, a donation from a family friend pushed team Sean’s Pals over the $1 million mark in total funds raised.

“We’re very proud of it,” says Bill, who leads Sean’s Pals along with Jodi, Sean and siblings Sydney and Ashley. “I wish I didn’t have to raise one more penny, but we’ll continue to do so until there’s a cure.”

Committed to the Fight, Until a Cure Is Found

The secret to the Squires family’s fundraising success, Bill says, is sharing their personal story and being diligent about asking for support. “When you tell your story and give people a chance to help in some way, they’re happy to help.”

This year, team Sean’s Pals’ goal is to raise $300,000 to support the critical programs that have resulted in significant advances in CF care and research over the past decade.

 “We are so grateful for everyone who supports Sean’s Pals — our family, friends, colleagues and the many people touched by our story, some of whom we haven’t even met,” Bill says. “It’s an amazing feeling when you see all the people who come out to walk, even on those days with bad weather. We’re all in this together.”

This incredible show of support, combined with the CF Foundation’s track record of achieving progress that is changing the face of the disease, makes Bill optimistic that a cure for cystic fibrosis will be found soon. Until that day comes, the Squires family is committed to lacing up and stepping out each spring in Great Strides.

“We are extremely grateful for the dedication and generosity of the Squires family and everyone who walks in Great Strides to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis,” says C. Richard Mattingly, CF Foundation executive vice president and COO. “The Foundation remains committed to turning dollars raised through Great Strides and other fundraising initiatives into major advances in CF care and research.”

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