Whether You’re a Veteran or a Newcomer, We’re All teamMATEs

Two 2017 Volunteer Leadership Conference attendees, one a veteran attendee and another a newcomer, reflect on their experiences in Dallas, Texas.

April 17, 2017 | 1 min read
Mike Beatty

When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation asked me what my goals were for the 2017 Volunteer Leadership Conference (VLC), I said I wanted everyone to walk away from the experience informed, inspired, engaged, invigorated, and in-step -- dancing and working together. I hope we hit the mark.

The theme for this year's conference was "TeamMATEs for a Cure", and two teammates took time to share their VLC experiences: Bonnee Binker, from Miami, Fla., who has been to the VLC for six years, and Megan Kanofsky, from Los Angeles, Calif., a newcomer attending the VLC for the first time.

Because of volunteers like Bonnee and Megan, families like mine have hope that a cure will be found. We came together for the conference to celebrate success, remind ourselves how far we've come, and to make plans for the future -- and that's exactly what we did.

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Mike is the 2017 Volunteer Leadership Conference Co-Chair, a member of the CF Foundation National Board of Trustees, and currently serves as the National Leadership Council Chair. He has an adult daughter with CF, Piper.

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