September 25, 2011 - The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wheels in Motion to Cure
What: Aptalis CF Cycle For Life
Where: South Germantown Recreational Park
When: Sunday, September 25, 2011
Ticket Prices: $35.00
Beneficiary: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Host(s): Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
EMCEE: Jarrod Wronski
Presenting Sponsor(s): Aptalis
Gala Chairperson(s): Rob Dutcher
Executive Director: Laura Caldwell
Staff: Laura Logan
Attire: athletic attire
Board of Directors: Don Wood, Paul Whetsell, Phillip Altschuler, Elliott Liss, Pat Bessette, Jack McShea, Keith Binkley, Cameron Pratt, Dave Faeder, Holly Shelton, Alan Homer, Carl Riedy, Chris Leahy, Jim Taylor
Blacktie Photos by: Daniel Clemmer
On Sunday, September 25, 2011, the Metro D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation rolled out the new nationally branded fundraising campaign, called the Aptalis CF Cycle For Life. The new premier cycling event empowered participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure in a tangible, emotional and powerful way. Over 100 cyclists gathered at South Germantown Recreational Park in Germantown, MD on Sunday morning to put their wheels in motion to raise money and awareness to cure cystic fibrosis. Cyclists had a choice of two mileage options 30 or 65 miles. The route was well-supported with rest stops every 10-12 miles. Upon completion of the course the cyclists enjoyed a beer garden and lunch sponsored by Chipotle and Domino’s Pizza to celebrate their victory. Not only did the cyclists complete a challenging course but each cyclist raised a minimum of $200 to support life-saving research, education and care programs for cystic fibrosis.
Funds raised through the Aptalis CF Cycle For Life have helped spur dramatic advances in cystic fibrosis research and care. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, the median predicted age of survival is more than 37 years old.
“With so much promising research on the horizon, it’s more important than ever that we raise every dollar we can to fight CF and improve the lives of people with this disease,” said Rob Dutcher, volunteer chair for the CF Foundation’s Metro D.C. Chapter. “We are grateful for the contributions of each volunteer, donor and corporate sponsor who supports the Aptalis CF Cycle For Life. Every cyclist is doing their part in this life-saving effort.”
Local sponsors of the Aptalis CF Cycle For Life include but not limited to: Chipotle, Domino’s Pizza, Big Wheel Bikes, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Jaleo. The sponsors, committee members, volunteers, and cyclists are already looking forward to the 2nd annual Aptalis CF Cycle For Life scheduled to take place fall of 2012.