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Climbing Higher and Higher: Volunteers Raise $144,000 to Support CF Foundation’s Mission

August 18, 2014

The Climb

Nearly 450 participants climbed to the top of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, at the Colorado Chapter’s 5th annual CF Climb. The event raised more than $144,000 to help support the search for a cure.

How many steps to the top of a professional football stadium? Nearly 450 volunteers, guests and friends of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation found out when they climbed the Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, at the Colorado Chapter’s 5th annual CF Climb.

The event raised more than $144,000 to help support the search for a cure.

Guests and volunteers started their high-impact day with warm-ups led by JJ Hickson, a player for the Denver Nuggets. They then took to the stadium stairs — all 3,865 of them — in a test of endurance and speed. Local meteorologist with CBS4 news, Justin McHeffey, emceed the event.

“This was our first Climb event and we loved it,” said Kathi Cash, leader of team Partners 4 Preston. “We are already planning and thinking about how we’ll train for next year!”

Piper Finish Line

Piper Beatty, 32, who has CF, spoke at the event, thanking volunteers, donors and friends of the Foundation for their support and dedication.

After the stair race, climbers headed down to the field to take part in football-themed activities. The event closed with a special after party where guests celebrated their success with an awards presentation.

Piper Beatty, 32, who has CF, told guests about the day she was diagnosed, the struggles she and her family have faced and the hope they have because of the progress being made by the CF Foundation.

“The life expectancy of people with CF has doubled in the last 30 years thanks to the efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” Piper said. “Those efforts have been funded by generous donors, caring volunteers and cherished friends like you, who support the CF community through events like Climb 2014.”

The Colorado Chapter would like to thank volunteers:

  • Trisha Babcock
  • Corie Caldwell
  • Stacy Dayhoff
  • Matt Dean
  • Alex Dowgiert
  • Jessica Dowgiert
  • Nicole Jacques
  • Patrick Jacques
  • Ashley McCreadie
  • Chad Nibbe
  • Alaurice Tofoya

And corporate sponsors:

  • Beatty & Wozniak, P.C.
  • AbbVie
  • ALPS
  • MJP Consulting
  • Nostalgic Homes
  • Cherry Creek Wellness
  • Emich VW
  • Lockton
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