On December 6th sports enthusiasts gathered at Sheraton Station Square in support of another team, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). The Western Pennsylvania Chapter hosted their annual 65 Roses Sports Auction, an exclusive fundraiser, led by honorary chair and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Defensive End, Cameron Heyward. The event brought together many of Cam’s fellow teammates in an effort raise funds for the ultimate win – a cure for Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has gained incredible yardage in their fight against the disease. In 1955, when a group of parents started the Foundation, little was known about CF and their children were not expected to live long enough to attend elementary school. Thanks to the Foundation’s laser focus on ground breaking research and individualized care, approximately half of the people living with CF today are over the age of eighteen. As the Foundation continues to add more tomorrows for CF patients, they work diligently to ensure families have access to the best medical, educational and financial resources to lead, healthy, productive lives.
“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s progress toward a cure has never been more promising because of events like the 65 Roses Sports Auction,” said Cheyenne Warriner, Development Director for the CFF Western Pennsylvania Chapter. “The support of Cam, the Pittsburgh Steelers, event sponsors and participants, continue to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation expand research for additional therapies, create new resources for people with CF and their families to help in the management of life with CF, and pursue our work toward our goal: to one day find a cure for CF. We are grateful to Cam Heyward and the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team for their commitment to people with CF and look forward to a day when we score the ultimate winning touchdown against CF.”
The evening provided a unique opportunity for local football fans to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation tackle CF from every angle. The VIP portion of the evening included interaction with Cameron Heyward over heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Guests also received a Steelers football and had the opportunity to have it signed by some of his teammates before enjoying a three course sit down dinner and bidding on one of a kind sports memorabilia and getaway packages. Proceeds from the event will support the development of new CF drugs and help improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with the disease.
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