Sunday, February 24, 2013

Letter to CF Supporters


Dear Family, Friends, and CF Foundation Supporters:

I greatly appreciate your past support of the CF Foundation through my fundraising team, CF Stinks.  Last year, my team raised $6,994.59 – all thanks to YOU!

I have begun preparing for this year’s Great Strides event which will be in Augusta, GA on April 20th.  I’d love nothing more than to have your continued support in my journey to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

To prove your contributions have not gone to waste, I’m excited to share that a new drug was made available to CF patients in 2012 that doesn’t just treat CF, it reaches the underlying cause of the disease.  Therefore, those that use this new drug, Kalydeco, are now breathing easier.  Unfortunately, this drug only reaches a small percentage of the CF population as its designed for a specific mutation.  But, that’s where you come in.  With your continued support, we can advance research on medications that will expand the scope of its reach to CF patients, like myself.

So, here’s what I’m asking.

Support my team CF Stinks in our efforts to raise funds for the CF Foundation.  You can do so by going to:  www.cff.org/great_strides/cfstinks or you can mail a check to me – make payable to the CF Foundation

Join me at the Great Strides Walk on April 20th – you can register to walk at the same link:  www.cff.org/great_strides/cfstinks

If your company or a company you know would like to sponsor CF Stinks and have their logo on the back of our shirt at the walk this year, use the above link to make a donation of $100 or more, then email me the logo.   The deadline for sponsorships will be April 10th.

I’m happy to say that I will be turning 30 this June!  When I was diagnosed, the average age of survival was 9 years old.  So, thank you for your support.  Thank you for helping make new treatments available to people like ME!  I don’t have the words to express my thanks for your generosity, love, and support.

With love,

Dana Curry

Friday, February 15, 2013

In the spirit of Valentine's Day

*Disclaimer - this may be a bit sappy for some of you out there...sorry! *

Love...it's an interesting thing.  There are several types of love.  Love can change.  Love can end.  You can "love" and you can be "in love".

Yesterday marked 10 years that Will and I had our first date.  Hard to believe he's been around 1/3 of my life...really, hard to believe he's put up with me for that long!  I was thinking about the first time we said those infamous 3 words - "I love you".  I truly thought I was in love and I could picture him in my life.  I enjoyed spending time with him and cherished our relationship.  Now, I look at how our love has changed and grown.  Perhaps it was just "puppy love" I initially felt.  When we got engaged - I just couldn't imagine being able to love someone anymore.  And now after six and a half years of marriage, I know I love him even more.  Its a love that I can't imagine not having.  I wouldn't know what to do without him in my life...as cliche as it may sound, but he's my rock.  He keeps me grounded and gives me that reality check when I need one.

Love lets you see past any imperfections.  Love allows you to accept someone for who they are.  And boy am I thankful to have found someone that can see past my imperfections.  I've found someone that doesn't look at me as someone with Cystic Fibrosis, instead he sees me for me.

He can see past my bad manors; he puts up with my bad habits; he laughs at my moments of cluelessness; he accepts me and my sailor mouth (I'd say he contributed in developing it); and he challenges me to be a better person.

I'm fortunate to love and be loved.  There's nothing better than having someone you can share your innermost thoughts with and yet be able to goof off and have fun!




Sunday, February 10, 2013

Slacker

I don't like being a slacker, but that's what I've been doing lately...at everything it seems.  I've slacked at blogging, slacked at getting started fundraising for Great Strides, slacked at cooking dinner, slacked at working out, slacked at keeping the house clean.  The only thing I haven't slacked at is my Cayston treatments...I'm currently in week 3.

I have lost my motivation to work out...the only thing keeping me at the gym is my scheduled personal training sessions.  I've gone back in to my bad snacking habits...and of course, it isn't healthy snacking! I've put on a few of the pounds I had lost which makes me more frustrated, then I slack off even more... its a vicious cycle.  I did better when I could wake up and go straight to the gym before doing anything else...I'd have energy for the day and it gave me motivation not to snack, and if I did snack, at least I had burned some extra calories that morning.  But, unfortunately I work in the mornings now and just don't have motivation to hit the gym in the afternoon.

This has turned into a depressing blog - sorry!  I have big plans to create a healthy menu for dinners (and plan them in advance), clean out my panty of all the junk thats holding me back (mostly Sour Patch Kids and Reese's Cups), and get my butt back in the gym.  

Lent is starting this week and thats just the motivation I need.  I can't cheat on God!! I'm not just giving up Sour Patch Kids this year, I'm giving up all my sweet tooth cravings.  Even as I type that I'm freaking out - I've become dependent on my junk!!  

So wish me luck as I get back on track!!  I want to run some more 5Ks in the future so I need to start preparing!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Great Strides

It's that awesome time of year when I begin raising funds for the CF Foundation's Great Strides walk.  I'm eager to participate again this year and hope CF Stinks will raise more money then ever.  

I'll be walking in Augusta, GA on Saturday, April 20th with my family and friends by my side.  Nothing quite makes me feel as special as having so many people support me through walking and donating.  I'm so proud of what my team has accomplished so far, and know we will keep being an instrumental part of the Augusta walk.

Please help me reach our goal of $10,000!!!  Sign up to walk or donate here.

Thank you!!!!

Team CF Stinks - 2012 Walk

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