When he isn't with his family or at work, Jeff Burnett can be found leading a team of 30 cyclists and training for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's CF Cycle for Life event in Atlanta.
The husband and father of two rides for his daughter, Sutton Grace, who was diagnosed with CF when she was just five days old.
Today, Sutton is 2 and she is thriving. But her short life hasn't been without complications. The toddler has been hospitalized five times and spends nearly two hours each day completing treatments that help clear the thick, sticky mucus from her lungs.
A Cure for All
“Sutton has this incredible ability to touch people's hearts,” Jeff said. “As soon as people meet her, they ask us what they can do to help.”
Jeff and his wife, Brittany, are never shy about answering. Through Jeff's cycle team and Great Strides, the couple encourages close friends and family to join them in raising funds. Over the last two years, they have raised more than $100,000 to help support the mission of the CF Foundation.
“Everything we do, we do for Sutton and for all families affected by this terrible disease,” Jeff said. “Through our chapter and our involvement with the community, we've formed strong bonds with other CF families. We're all in this together, and we want to do whatever we can to help find a cure for all people with CF.”