It is insane that we have been fundraising for fourteen years now. As the needs if the Cystic Fibrosis community has evolved, Laps for Cystic Fibrosis has been able to change alongside them. Though our mission of helping patients and their families deal with this illness has remained the same, our vision has been allowed to shift as needs in Birmingham have evolved. When we began fundraising, the Children’s of Alabama CF clinic was among the lowest performing in the nation. Today, it boasts one of the highest, most consistent patient outcomes. Similarly, the adult CF clinic in Birmingham at UAB has seen the same improvements. The role that Laps for Cystic Fibrosis played in this was nothing compared to the work of doctors, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists, and others but did contribute to the results we’re now seeing.
We are excited about our next project which will work to connect Cystic Fibrosis communities throughout the Southeast in order to capitalize on what has worked so well to improve our Birmingham clinic. We want to do a better job updating our generous supporters on what is new at Laps for Cystic Fibrosis and the exciting year ahead.
Emily Schreiber is the Founder and a current Board Member of Laps for Cystic Fibrosis. She is currently a 1L at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham AL.