To the Editor: Frisbee family says thanks

The Frisbee family would once again like to thank our caring community for its support of our 2018 Ridgecrest Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk!

This was our 12th CF Walk and, with the community’s backing, the Walk raised more than $38,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). All totaled, since 2007, the Ridgecrest CF campaigns have raised over $467,500, 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.

As an example, over the last four years, two members of our community have been taking one of the CF Foundation’s newest medications, Orkambi. The improvement in their breathing and their quality of life is a testimony that the dollars raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 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 Ridgecrest Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walks. 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.

We would especially like to recognize the students and staff members of the following schools for their enthusiastic support: Burroughs, 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 four years, Bob Eichenberg, a Burroughs alumnus living in Georgia, has matched dollars raised by BHS students.

All together, the local schools’ 2018 campaigns raised $5,624. We are so grateful for our schools’ amazing desire to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Many thanks to the hard-working Ridgecrest Great Strides Fundraising Committee: Dottie Cowan, Syble Cope, Sally Franklin, Linda Klabunde, Betty Miller 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 trained members of Girl Scout Troop No. 2263 to register walkers and to tally donations. Members of the Troop No. 2263 also organized and distributed T-shirts to participants.

Thank you also to the Elks’ BPO Ridgecrest Lodge, Kiwanis Club of Ridgecrest, Rotary Club of China Lake and United Methodist Church. Loyal local business donors include Gary Charlon Insurance, Coso Operating Co., Daily Independent, Emily’s Salon, News Review, Pizza Factory, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Rusty Warren’s Automotive, TJ Frisbee Bicycles and Vaughn Realty.

In addition to the Frisbee Girls’ Team, we also thank the supporters of two teams whose families are affected by cystic fibrosis: Breeann’s Supporters and Sydney Strong.

A very heartfelt thank you goes out to Cerro Coso Community College, which has allowed us to hold our Walks on its track. For 10 years, John Daly and Crystal Leffler have helped us with cost, arrangements and custodial needs!

Many thanks also to John McDonough at South Albertson’s, Rachel Bialcak at North Starbucks and the family of 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: 2019-01-11