This year’s Hike the Halo fundraiser for cystic fibrosis (CF) over the weekend marked the first one that Shelby Klug, daughter of food industry executives Todd and Sue Klug, didn’t attend.
Shelby, who has suffered with CF all her life, had been hospitalized for about three months, nearly dying before recently undergoing a successful double-lung transplant.
The Southern California teenager, who celebrates her 18th birthday Dec. 15, now is CF free in her lungs, according to her mother, who is the chief marketing officer at Unified Grocers. Sue Klug was able to attend Hike the Halo and shared her daughter’s emotional journey, one that still is not over—but “she’s alive,” according to Sue, and was able to return home over the weekend.
Hike the Halo benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is held each year at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The CF Climb is a timed stair-climbing event geared toward challenging families and friends in a race through the stadium. Two course options are available: the Halo Course or the Challenge Course, which incorporates obstacles and other complex elements.
The event also includes a Vendor Village with giveaways; on-the-field games and activities; and an opportunity to hang out on the field at Angel Stadium.
Shelby and her family have long been supporters and advocates of finding a cure for CF. Her fundraising group, Team ShelbyUSA, is among the top teams in collecting money for the cause.
CLW Consulting’s Cynthia Weifenbach, and friend of the Klug family, was the organizer for Hike the Halo this year.
“It was four-and-a-half years ago that Sue Klug had a dream to build the first Hike the Halo event to raise funds to find a cure,” Weifenbach said. “During our first meeting we expanded the hike to include the food industry at large through the Vendor Village. The industry is so special—we can all come together in a universal arena for the good of a great cause.”
Since its inception, Hike the Halo has raised nearly $1 million.