Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation runs through Dec. 20
Cynthia Weifenbach, a Southern California-based writer and frequent contributor to The Shelby Report, is participating in the virtual Hike the Halo 2020 campaign, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that runs through Dec. 20.
Sue Klug has organized Team Shelby USA, which is participating in honor of her daughter, Shelby, who has battled the disease for more than 20 years.
Shelby was diagnosed with the deadly disease at age 2. She nearly lost her fight in 2019, when she was hospitalized with kidney failure and rejection of the transplanted lungs she had received four years earlier.
After waiting months in a hospital for a donor, she received a new set of lungs, as well as a kidney, on April 17 of this year. While the organs are functioning at a high level, she continues to struggle with the aftermath. Shelby celebrated her 23rd birthday on Dec. 15.
There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. According to the foundation, real progress has been made in the search for one, however the lives of people who suffer from it are still cut far too short.
Hike the Halo, which began Nov. 23, is a month-long step challenge during which participants complete a minimum mileage count that increases weekly. They start with 5 miles and work up to 20 miles by the final week. There are prizes and incentives along the way.
The event is typically held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the Los Angeles Angels, but went virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Four grand prizes – cumulative honors for performance over the four-week period – will be awarded at the end of the challenge.
Click here to make a donation to Weifenbach’s Hike the Halo 2020 campaign.