CYSTIC FIBROSIS - TEAM LILLY
A MESSAGE FROM DR. BARANKO
HELLO FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
It is that time of year again. Time to get on your bike, raise money, and find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
We are riding for our 23 year old niece and cousin Lilly Gmelich who was diagnosed at birth with Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a life-shortening, genetic disease which affects the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Patients with CF do hours of breathing treatments, take 10-20 or more pills per day and often have frequent, lengthy hospital stays. CF is a complex, expensive, and isolating disease. It is deadly and it has no cure.
Many of you have supported us year after year and have watched Lilly grow up. We are very grateful for your continued support. Because of you, she is a USC grad, working and living her best life in NYC. She has been on a life changing drug called Trikafta for the last 2.5 years. She is the healthiest she has ever been but still faces challenges and fights every day to stay healthy.
We are riding in the CF Cycle for Life on Saturday August 27th starting and ending in Henefer, Utah. The ride has various lengths (10, 25, 35, 55, 75, 100 miles) and is fully supported. You will end with a delicious lunch and a cold beverage.
Please join Team Lilly and come ride with us. You won’t regret it. It is a wonderful day with beautiful scenery, fun rest stops, vigorous exercise, and great people. And did we mention it’s for an OH-SO-IMPORTANT cause?
If you can’t ride with us, you can still help cure CF by donating to Team Lilly. We are close to a cure but have not crossed the finish line. Please help us get there for all people with CF.
Please donate if you can. Any amount helps! We look forward to seeing you on the road!