From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The time is now!

After what felt like an endless winter, we are finally thawing out and the chill in our bones is being replaced by sun on our faces. With this warm weather comes Great Strides season, and we find ourselves striving to surpass our fundraising goals for 2014. Through the help of our fundraisers, donors, volunteers, and staff, we are sure to have another successful Great Strides season.  I am happy to share that two of our walks, New York City and Westchester County, are currently among the “Top 10 Fundraising Walks” across the country.

The Greater New York Chapter is honored to have been a part of the “Big Stars, Big Cure” Variety Show, which was hosted by comedian Lewis Black on Monday, May 5, 2014. The event was a great success, raising $1 Million between ticket sales, weekend packages, and generous donations.

About three years ago, we created a public outreach committee which is unique to our Chapter.  Led by Kate Niehaus, Greater New York Chapter Board Member, the goal of the committee is to improve the working relationships between all of the constituents in the cystic fibrosis community - the Chapter, CF Care Centers and CF patients/families.  As a result, communication between the seven CF Care Centers in our region and the Chapter has increased substantially, most notably through semi-annual meetings and the recent Great Strides kick-offs, which were all very well attended. We are fortunate to live and work in an area with so many care centers and our partnership with them is truly invaluable.

As we move forward, it is important to recognize how crucial every dollar raised is in the fight against cystic fibrosis. The time is now. We will find a cure.
I look forward to seeing many of you at one of our ten Great Strides walks this year!


Martine Denis
Executive Director