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General Tso
04-13-2006, 02:33 PM
Fellow Dolphins Fans,

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common genetic disease in the United States, affecting over 30,000 people. People with CF inherited a defective gene from both of their parents (a gene that 1 out of every 30 Americans carry) that causes their bodies to produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. The disease also affects the digestive system, preventing proper breakdown and absorption of food. There currently isn't a cure for CF, and patients with the disease have a life expectancy of around 30 years.

Over the last six years, the Miami Dolphins have been the most prominent supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the NFL. Through annual events such as the fishing tournament, the Superbowl of Fashion, OJ McDuffie's golf tournament, and the Reaching for the Stars events, the Dolphins have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the CFF. Current and former players such as Jay Fiedler (whose good friend and agent has a daughter with CF), Dan Marino (whose good friend and former AFC East foe Boomer Esaison has a son with CF), OJ McDuffie, Jason Taylor, Randy McMichael, Olindo Mare, Vonnie Holliday, David Bowens, Junior Seau, Rob Konrad, Shawn Wooden, Patrick Surtain, and Sam Madison have all participated in CFF events.

While the Dolphins sponsored CFF events are great and have raised a lot of money, some of them require large contributions that many simply can't afford or they require travel to or residency in south Florida. I'm here to ask for a more modest donation you can quickly make from your computer to support CFF on behalf of a fellow lifelong Dolphins fan whose son (a future Dolphins fan) needs your help in his battle with this disease.

As part of the National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in May, my family, friends and I will be walking in our local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides walk on Saturday, May 6th in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Great Strides is the CFF's largest and most successful fund-raising event. The money raised will go towards research that will improve the quality/length of life for those with CF and eventually find a cure. Over the last few decades, CFF funding has lead to the discovery of the gene that causes CF and they've helped improve CF patients life expectancy from early childhood in the 1950's and 60's to early adulthood today.

One of my twin boys, Tyler (see picture), has CF. His fraternal brother, Adam, was luckier... like his parents, he is one of the 10 million Americans who are symptomless carriers of the defective gene. There are certainly dozens of finheaven members who are unknowing carriers of this gene, some members may even be CF patients/parents.

Any donation you can make to our walk team, Trekking for Tyler, will be greatly appreciated. Whether you're giving $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 or more, the donation is tax deductible and will help find a cure for our son and the thousands of other children like him.

Donations are easy, fast and secure. Simply use the link below and click on the "Click to Donate" button at the top of our team's homepage. Please help us make CF stand for "Cure Found"!

Thanks for your support!


Where/how can I donate?
http://www.cff.org/great_strides/ryanniemeyer

Where can I find out more about Cystic Fibrosis?
http://www.cff.org/about_cf/what_is_cf

Where can I find out more about the numerous past/future Miami Dolphins events supporting the CFF?
http://www.google.com/search?as_q=cystic+fibrosis&as_sitesearch=www.miamidolphins.com
(http://www.google.com/search?as_q=cystic+fibrosis&as_sitesearch=www.miamidolphins.com)
Why is CF also called "65 Roses"?
http://www.cff.org/about_cf/the_story_of_65_roses

General Tso
04-14-2006, 06:24 AM
Has/does anyone here participate in the annual Dolphins sponsored Cystic Fibrosis fundraising events?

HysterikiLL
04-14-2006, 06:45 AM
I'm going to post this in a myspace bulletin bro. :up: I'll try to make a donation too. You have a cute son man.

General Tso
04-14-2006, 08:48 AM
I'm going to post this in a myspace bulletin bro. :up: I'll try to make a donation too. You have a cute son man.

Thanks! We really appreciate that.

People who have donated to the CFF in the past have helped add years to my son's life. Hopefully this year's donations will lead to a cure.

General Tso
04-14-2006, 10:59 AM
The CFF site was down for about an hour this morning, but it's back up now...

General Tso
04-15-2006, 03:20 AM
It only takes a minute or two to make a difference...

Agent51
04-15-2006, 03:23 AM
Dude I will definately be making a donation tomorrow. Best of luck to you and your little future 'phins fan too, that little guy rocks, just chillin' on the Dolphins bean bag.

General Tso
05-02-2006, 03:51 PM
This is the last week to donate. Our son and the thousands of other children and young adults with Cystic Fibrosis need your help!

Where/how can I donate?
http://www.cff.org/great_strides/ryanniemeyer