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Bennett's Brigade has gone National!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

We are SO excited to announce that Bennett's Brigade has officially been designated as a National Team with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!!!

A National Family Team is a fundraising team that participates in Great Strides walks in a minimum of three distinct markets around the United States and sets a minimum fundraising goal of $10,000!

Bennett's Brigade is the name of our team, which we created in 2010 shortly after Bennett was born, with the goal to raise money for a cure for Bennett and all those with Cystic Fibrosis.  This year will be our 4th year attending the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk in Waco.

However, as our little boy has grown, so has the number of people who know and love him.  So, too, have the hearts of those around us.

This year, four special friends were particularly thoughtful this Spring as they have decided to create Bennett Brigade Team's in their own areas.  My friend Leah, who lives in Wilmington, NC, decided to gather up some of her friends to create a Bennett's Brigade Team there.  Shortly after, I learned that three of my sweet friends and Kappa Delta Sorority sisters from Missouri, Melissa, Amy and Katie, decided to gather many of our KD sisters together to create a Bennett's Brigade Team in St. Louis.

I don't have the words to really express what this means to me - for people to dedicate their time and effort to not only attend the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk in their area but also to raise money for our son.

These are people who do not necessarily have a connection to Cystic Fibrosis outside of Bennett - people who CHOOSE to do this out of love.

When I think of these two other Bennett's Brigade Teams organizing and developing their teams and their friends on behalf of Bennett and our family, I feel incredibly overwhelmed with support.  What an amazing way to let us know we are not alone in our efforts!

My hope is the number of our Bennett's Brigade walk sites will grow even bigger next year!!  All it takes is someone to spearhead the building of a team and a group of friends who are supportive.  As difficult as Cystic Fibrosis is, this is one of the biggest blessings it provides - a reminder how how much people care.

So, if you're in Wilmington, NC, Waco, Texas or St. Louis, MO, there is a Bennett's Brigade team attending a Walk near you!!

Click the following links to register:

Great Strides Walk in St. Louis, Missouri (May 4): http://www.cff.org/Chapters/carolinas/greatstrides/
Great Strides Walk in Waco, Texas (May 11): http://www.cff.org/Chapters/netx/GREATSTRIDES/
Great Strides Walk in Wilmington, North Carolina (May 18) : http://www.cff.org/chapters/gateway/greatstrides/

Thank you to ALL of Bennett's sweet supporters around the United States!  We could not do this without you!!

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