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Robert Corti – Matthew’s Warriors
Walk: Manhattan, NY, walk held June 3, 2012
Why I Walk
I can’t be a scientist finding a cure, so this is what I have to do — raise the money to fund the science. It’s what we all have to do. We don’t have a choice.
We’re doing this not just for our kids, but for all kids with CF. Even if Matthew was blessed to be one of the 4 percent on Kalydeco™, I’d still be doing this walk. We’re at war with this disease.
What Motivates Me
I am so grateful to all of the people who have contributed to this cause. When I first started fundraising, I had no idea how I was going to raise so much money. The thought of picking up the phone and asking for money terrified me, so I decided to send emails instead.
Within an hour of the first email I sent, I got a contribution. I felt so encouraged. I sent out another wave of emails and more donations came in. Then I sent out a third. Each grouping of emails brought in more donations and before I knew it, we had surpassed our fundraising goal.
One donor in particular really touched me — a woman who I know is struggling financially donated $25 to Matthew’s Warriors when she really couldn’t afford to donate anything. It’s things like that that really motivate me to keep going.
As painful as it is, you have to talk about this disease. People want to help, but they can’t read your mind. You have to educate others about CF, what it is and how they can help.
I would also encourage teams to ask donors if their employers have a matching gift program. These programs are like magic. If an employee donates, their company will sometimes double or triple that donation — but the employee has to ask. As a fundraiser, it’s important to ask people to take this one extra step to see if their company will match their gift. I’ve found that most organizations will.
My dream would be that science and research makes CF a condition people can live with. I want everyone with CF to have the ability to live a full, meaningful life. That would be a gift.
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