Each month through the end of the year, we’ll feature a special person or team who played an integral role in the 2013 Great Strides walks. We hope you’ll find this story to be inspiring as we continue to make Great Strides in our efforts to find a cure for CF!
Josh Hamburger and his brother Matthew, who has cystic fibrosis, started a CF club at their school, The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. This year, students raised more than $34,000 to help support the search for a cure. “It’s been amazing to see the Boys’ Latin Great Strides Team and the CF club grow over the years. Each year, our team has the biggest turnout on Great Strides walk day, and I’m really proud of that,” Josh said.
Team: Boys' Latin – Team started by Josh Hamburger and his brother Matthew, who has cystic fibrosis. Team now led by high school sophomore Brett Blum.
Walk: Hunt Valley Walk, held May 5, 2013
Chapter: Maryland Chapter
Impact: Raised more than $34,000 so far in 2013
Who We Are
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland is an all-boys preparatory school with 600 students. My brother, Matt, and I started a CF Club at the school a few years ago and it’s grown over the years. I graduated from the school last year, but the club is still going strong.
Why We Walk
My brother, who was also a student at Boys’ Latin, was diagnosed with CF at a young age. It’s been hard seeing him go through the challenges he’s had to face. I wanted to do something to help, so together we started a CF club at our school. The club gets students involved in supporting the CF Foundation’s search for a cure by participating in Great Strides.
When I first started the club, students at Boys’ Latin really didn’t know much about CF. But as the team grew, so did awareness. Now when I talk to students and teachers, I don’t have to go into great detail about the disease — people know what CF is.
How We Fundraise
We do a lot of fundraising activities throughout the year, and we try to do things that will appeal to everyone. Sometimes we have dress-down days. Students can make a donation to wear jeans instead of uniforms. Most recently, we held a dodge ball tournament that was very successful. The entire school community came together, including students from other schools in the area. More than 400 people participated!
What We’re Thankful For
Everyone at the school has been so supportive. It’s been amazing to see the Boys’ Latin Great Strides Team and the CF club grow over the years. Each year, our team has the biggest turnout on Great Strides walk day, and I’m really proud of that.
A lot of freshman are involved this year, and there’s also really strong leadership from other students. I’m confident that they will be able to continue what we started.
Advice For Other Great Strides Teams
When you’re just starting a team or a CF club at your school, it’s important to find people who you can really count on. You don’t need to start a team or a club with 100 people. Just gather 5 close friends who feel passionate about helping out, and go from there. If you’re dedicated, your team will grow.
My brother is going to college where he’s majoring in communications. I just want to see him live a long life full of happiness. I hope he can get a job, raise a nice family and just have a good life.