Kicking CF's BUTT

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month! Across the country, volunteers and people with cystic fibrosis and their families will be spreading awareness about the disease and highlighting the progress the CF Foundation has made in the search for a cure.  

Since Shamrockin for a Cure, Brady has had an incredible few months.  We really rode out the wave of the winter illnesses and kicked CF's Butt.  Brady has fully adjusted to his feeding tube and he has gained 8 pounds since November!  We hope the "Luck O’ The Irish" continues through the summer months. Brady and his brother Quinn are keeping busy now that baseball season is finally here and we are excited for a great summer!

Shamrockin' Committee is calling your name! With over 800 attendees at this years Shamrockin' for a Cure we are ready to grow our committee even more! Shamrockin' 2018 will be even bigger and better! We would love to have YOUR help.  We meet once a month from September- February.  Meet new friends and help us make CF stand for Cure Found!  Meeting locations vary from local restaurants to Brady's home.  This year we are adding a conference call option if you cannot make the meeting. Committee responsibilities vary on your availability. If interested in joining the committee, email Jamie Bonnevier, Shamrockin' Co-Chair at

2017 CF Great Strides Walk/5K

May 21, 2017 Montrose Park

Join us for the Team CF Superheroes Fun Walk/Run on Sunday, May 21st! Take in the lakefront scenery as you wind 3.1 miles through Montrose Harbor. Put meaning into miles with this family-friendly, themed race! Team O'Connell will have a Shamrockin' table with T-shirts! Lauren Petty from NBC 5 will emcee the walk and Brady's grandpa, Dean Cada will speak about how important advocacy is to CFF.  If interested in participating contact Kellene O'Connell at for more details.

2017 Liberty Mutual CFF Golf Outing
August 28, 2017 Glen View Club
The Liberty Mutual Invitational benefiting the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will feature a day of golf in foursome play with registration at 10am and lunch being served at 11am. The shotgun start will be at noon. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm with the program starting at 6pm. The day will conclude at 8pm.  If interested in participating contact Matt O'Connell at

This year is so very important that Washington DC hears our voice!  You have the power to inspire action and help shape public policy. Learn how you can help make a difference. It is very easy to be a CF advocate! 
Our goal is to help educate policy makers about the needs of people with CF so that they make smart decisions about CF-related research, treatment and access to care. If interested, contact           Dean Cada at 

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