Friday, May 23, 2014
Gracie’s Crew is one of the top fundraising teams for this year’s Charleston Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk.
Gracie’s Crew, a group formed to support Summerville’s Gracie Rasner as well as organizations seeking a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, brought a large contingent of supporters to walk the three-mile course for the fundraising event on May 3.
While crewmembers walked, members of the Ashley Ridge girls’ and Summerville boys’ soccer teams offered their support by volunteering to help staff the event.
Athletes in the area have befriended young Gracie, who is the daughter of Summerville High School boys’ soccer coach Jason Rasner.
So far Gracie’s Crew has raised $11,166 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through Great Strides.
Locally, the amount is second only to the $11,477 raised by the Preston’s Perseverance team.
Donations can still be made to any team by visiting http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/116_South_Carolina_Charleston?fr_id=2284&pg=entry and clicking on the team name.
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development.
Great Strides continues to gain momentum, as does research efforts and the progress being made in the search for a cure.
The CF Foundation has raised and invested hundreds of millions of dollars to support the development of new CF drugs and therapies.
But the lives of people with this disease are still cut far too short.
The public’s continued support is still needed to fulfill the foundation’s mission of finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those such as Gracie who face the challenges of living with the disease.
Walks are held at nearly 600 locations nationwide and are open to the public.
The Great Strides event provides an opportunity for family, friends, students, co-workers and colleagues to come together in support of a worthy cause.