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Spread the word and help raise awareness.

  1. Watch and share our Great Strides 2010 video on YouTube.
  2. Join our Great Strides 2010 Facebook group.
  3. Post one of these badge images on your website:

Small Button – 120×60:

Badge – 260-175:

With these badges, you can link back to:

  1. Our blog: or
  2. Our fundraising page:
Thanks for helping us raise awareness for this important cause!

Todd, Julie, Noah & Katie

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Great Strides 2010 – how you can help

There are three ways that you can help:

  1. You can walk with us on May 30 2010;
  2. You can donate; or
  3. You can offer motivational support;

If you would like to join Team Katie and raise funds for this very worthwhile cause please click on the link below:

If you would just like to donate without joining please click on this link:
Donate to Julie:

Donate to Todd:

Let’s make this year an even better one!! If you are unable to make a financial donation, please consider our family in your thoughts and prayers. Cystic Fibrosis is something that we deal with on a daily basis. It is these fundraisers that give us tremendous hope for the future!

Thank you for your support!

Julie, Todd, Noah and Katie

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Great Strides 2010 fundraising and awareness

I just want to say thank you to the many people who have donated or signed up to walk with us on Sunday May 30 2010. You have been very generous and we appreciate all of the love and support.

And, I’d like to share a recent blog post that very succinctly summarizes the video as “a prayer”:

Thanks Carol for helping to share our message and for recognizing it as such.

Talk soon!


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Great Strides 2010 – join us in fundraising for a cure!


As many of you know, my daughter Katie has Cystic Fibrosis. Katie was diagnosed with CF on September 30 2008. She was 17 months old at the time.

On Sunday May 30 2010, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be hosting the annual Great Strides walk for cystic fibrosis. We will be walking and invite you to join us for this annual event.

Please watch our video, which provides a window into our world:

Also viewable here:

CF, which affects the lungs and the digestive system, is the most common, fatal, genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. Forty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend kindergarten. Today, half of Canadians with CF are expected to live into their 40s and beyond.

While life span has improved for patients with CF, quality of life is still an issue. Daily treatments, medication, clinic visits and health challenges are always present. When Katie is healthy, we do two treatment sessions a day with her. When she is sick (cold, flu, etc.), we do three or four treatment sessions with her.

Here’s a brief list of her regular medicine intake and treatment regimen:

  • approx 15 pills a day (enzymes – they help Katie digest food);
  • vitamin supplements twice a day;
  • 2 to 4 Pediasure nutrition supplement drinks each day;
  • Nebulizer + medicine – basically, a mist mask that Katie wears twice a day for 15 minutes each time;
  • Percussion treatment – 15 to 20 minutes of hitting her chest and back – twice a day;

Plus, the following “specialty items” when she is sick with a cold, flu or other sickness:

  • Oral antibiotics;
  • Additional medicine in her nebulizer from time to time as her health dictates;
  • Additional nebulizer and percussion treatment – typically 3 or 4 treatment sessions a day when she’s sick;

Each year, on the last Sunday in May, friends, family and co-workers of people with cystic fibrosis participate in “Great Strides”, which is the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Walk with us on Sunday May 30 2010.

To assist, you can:

  1. Donate money;
  2. Donate and/or collect pledges and Walk with us on Sunday May 30; and/or
  3. Recruit others to join us in this fundraising event;

To join our team, “Team Katie”, and walk with us on May 30 at Safari Niagara in Stevensville, click here:

To sponsor me directly in my fundraising efforts for Team Katie, click here:

We thank you for your support. Our wish is that one day, CF will stand for “Cure Found”.


Todd, Julie, Noah & Katie Dow

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Team Katie – Great Strides 2010


Please watch our video, which provides a window into our world:


Todd, Julie, Noah and Katie