Rayna Kruger, Sandburg Elementary School second grader, is currently being featured as the face of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s national Great Strides campaign, appearing on fundraising brochures and in-store pin-ups.
Rayna’s family and friends and Sandburg teachers and principal will walk as Rayna’s Rally in the Springfield Great Strides fundraiser this Saturday, April 25, at 9 a.m. in Washington Park.
Rayna is living with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. She does hours of treatments and takes more than 30 pills every day to stay healthy, outside of her frequent hospital admissions. She is still a happy 8 year old who loves soccer, gymnastics and playing with her older brother and sister.
Funds raised through Great Strides have helped spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty
years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
An estimated 30,000 adults and children in the United States have CF.
Click Rayna’s Rally to make a donation or for more information on the Great Strides walk.