CW's 7th Heaven Actress Mackenzie Rosman to Visit Top CureFinders Fund-raising School for 2008
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(Bethesda, Md.) -- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced today that actress Mackenzie Rosman, the Foundation's National Honorary Chair for the CureFinders® school fund-raising program, will visit the top earning school for 2008 -- William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. Students at the school raised more than $10,000 doing a simple coin collection.

“For me, the fight against cystic fibrosis is personal,” said Rosman who played Ruthie Camden on the CW's former television show 7th Heaven. “My stepsister, Katelyn, has cystic fibrosis, and last year she underwent a double lung transplant. Our family is grateful for the generosity of the students from Woodland Hills and their dedication to fighting this life-threatening disease.”

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes life-threatening lung infections and serious digestive complications. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of a CF gene

Since the inception of CureFinders® in 2006, about 875 schools nationwide have participated in the program. As part of CureFinders®, students from grades K through 12 collect spare change and classes compete to raise the most money at their school. The program has raised nearly $1.4 million -- each dollar critically important to funding critical research that will save lives.

“On behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, I want to thank the students and staff of William Howard Taft High School who worked so hard to raise money and help us fight cystic fibrosis,” said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Foundation. “We are grateful to all the students in California -- and around the country -- who participate in CureFinders®. With their help we hope to make CF stand for 'Cure Found.'”   

Each year the top earning school nationwide receives a special visit from the National Honorary Chair.

BJ's Restaurants, Inc., a long-time supporter of the Foundation, is a leading corporate sponsor of CureFinders®. In markets where their restaurants are located, the BJ's Restaurants Foundation will donate $1,000 to each school that raises at least $1,000 for CureFinders® and will donate $1,000 to the Foundation. Additionally, BJ's will provide a pizza party for the winning class at each participating school that raises a minimum of $1,000.

"We congratulate William Howard Taft students and are proud to support CureFinders® and schools across the country that are raising money for vital research for this life-threatening disease," said Robert DeLiema president of BJ's Restaurants Foundation. 

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The CF Foundation funds more cystic fibrosis research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of CF Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the CF Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. 

Media Contact 

Laurie Fink, national director of media relations: 301-841-2602lfink@cff.org

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