To the Editor: Frisbee family says thanks

The Frisbee family would like to thank our wonderfully caring community for its support of our 2017 Ridgecrest Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk! This was our 11th CF Walk, and, with the community’s backing, the Walk raised more than $47,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! All totaled, since 2007, the Ridgecrest CF campaigns have raised more than $431,000, or nearly half a million dollars!

These dollars go directly to research, education, and development of new medications and treatments for those who daily battle the hereditary disease, cystic fibrosis. Over the last three years, two members of our community have been taking the CF Foundation’s newest medication, Orkambi. The improvement in their breathing and their lack of hospitalization is a testimony that the dollars raised are being used wisely.

We would like to thank the staff of the News Review, especially Pat Farris, Rebecca Neipp and Laura Austin, for the loyal support you have given throughout the years to our event. We appreciated the article and photos you ran prior to this year’s walk. To Pat, we give a special thank you for once again donating a very nice advertisement for the walk.

Even after playing at the previous night’s Burroughs CIF playoff football game, members of the BHS band were there ready to lead off our 11th annual walk! We appreciate the 300 walkers who came out to show their support of those coping with cystic fibrosis. We want to thank BHS Coach Todd Mather and the Burroughs Football Moms, who graciously chose to donate a large portion of their CIF 50/50 ticket proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. At the walk, BHS Principal Bryan Auld and AVID Teachers Susan Burgess, Bob Hope and Ernestina Palerm Wilson joined two BHS student representatives to present BHS’ significant 50/50 donation of $1,010. On behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Eric and Julie Frisbee accepted this very generous donation.

We would especially like to recognize the students and staff members of the following schools: BHS, Mesquite, Gateway, Inyokern, Las Flores, Monroe, Murray, Pierce, Richmond and St. Ann. It is very heartwarming to see kids caring about other kids! For the last three years, a Burroughs alumnus living in Georgia has matched dollars raised by BHS students. This year he donated $1,500 in matching funds! We are so grateful for his amazing desire to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Many thanks to the hard-working Ridgecrest Great Strides Fundraising Committee, Dottie Cowan, Sally Franklin, Linda Klabunde and Kathy Silva. Without these ladies’ enthusiasm and help, the CF Walk would never happen! Thank you to Stacy Harvey, the Walk’s photographer, and to the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority members who registered walkers and tallied donations. Thank you also to the Elks’ BPO Ridgecrest Lodge, Kiwanis Club of Ridgecrest and the United Methodist Church.

Thanks to Girl Scout Troop #2263 and the IWV Soccer Club who turned out to support their two friends who have CF. Loyal local business donors included Beanster’s Espresso, Gary Charlon Insurance, News Review, Pizza Factory, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Rusty Warren’s Automotive, TJ Frisbee Bicycles and Vaughn Realty. We thank, in addition to the Frisbee Girls’ Team, supporters of two teams whose families are affected by cystic fibrosis: Breann’s supporters and Sydney Strong.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Cerro Coso Community College, which has allowed us to hold our Walks on its track. For nine years John Daly and Crystal Leffler have helped us with cost, arrangements and custodial needs! Many thanks also to John at South Albertson’s, Christine at North Starbucks and Krispy Donuts for helping provide refreshments enjoyed by the walk’s participants.

Our valley is certainly a wonderful place to call home. It is with the generosity and support of communities like ours that the CF Foundation will continue to make “great strides.” Though many children and adults who have cystic fibrosis are benefitting from some amazing new medications, our hope is that “one day CF will stand for Cure Found.”

The entire Frisbee family

Story First Published: 2017-12-22