My 30th Birthday Wish… For 30 More

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As most of you know, at 16 I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Even 13 years later I’m still a long way from fully dealing with what it means to have this disease and the implications it has on my future.

Right now, my life looks like many other 29 year olds’. I have a wonderful husband, fabulous family and friends, and a job that I love. But unlike most people my age, I have to do time-consuming daily treatments, spend countless hours at the hospital, and worry about what my future looks like.

When I was born in 1984, the life expectancy of someone with CF was just 25 – on September 26th I’ll turn 30! And I can’t wait to celebrate the many things this wonderful life has allowed me to do. 

But I’m not finished yet. 30 years isn’t enough.

So this year, my birthday wish is for 30 more.

For 30 more years of…

dates with my husband…
books to devour…
successes in my career…
vacations to places near and far…
holidays with my family…
meals to enjoy…
drinks with my girlfriends…

For more life. Things big and small. For ALL people with CF.

I truly believe that with support from people like you, we can find a cure so that everyone with cystic fibrosis can live a long and full life.

Here’s where I need your help. I want to kick off the next 30 years in the best way I know how: by raising as much money as I can for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their life-saving research. To support this effort, I’ve created a campaign on Fundly that I’m calling For 30 More. While I’ve never done anything like this before — admittedly, I have a hard time asking for people’s help — I have a BIG goal in mind: $15,000. 

Your donation to support For 30 More would mean the world to me, and no amount is too small. Even if it’s just giving up your morning coffee this week – every bit counts in making a difference for those of us living with CF.

I’ll also be hosting some giveaways for those who help spread the word via Twitter and Instagram using #for30more – so stay tuned! (Make sure to check back because each week’s giveaway items will be posted here.)

There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, husbands, wives, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe.

Advances continue to be made in finding a cure, but your help is needed now – more than ever – to help keep up the momentumThank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me in this fight!

P.S. Make sure to check out Renee’s blog tomorrow for details on the first giveaway!

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9 thoughts on “My 30th Birthday Wish… For 30 More

  1. Reblogged this on RLB, Ink. and commented:
    I am so excited to help Katharine launch #For30More! Keep tuning into both of our blogs for details.

  2. […] missed it, Katharine launched an awesome fundraiser yesterday, #for30more. You can read all about why she wants 30 more years as her 30th birthday wish and why I support the cause. Over $2K were raised in first day—but we […]

  3. […] actually launched For 30 More while I was gone – something I couldn’t have done without my amazing, talented, and […]

  4. Katherine says:

    Katharine,
    I just had to leave you a comment to let you know what an inspiration you are. With the same name as you and my 30th birthday just 6 days before yours I can’t even imaging what you have been through or having to deal with everything you have at such a young age. Your positivity and the eay you view life is just amazing. Goodluck with your campaign. Here’s to 30 more! :)

  5. […] Donate! With less than halfway to go and 18 days left, YOU can help me reach my goal… and my 30th birthday wish! […]

  6. […] to go, I’m almost to $10K. So keep sharing, donating, and helping to spread the word about my 30th birthday wish! I can’t wait to see what else is to come as we get closer to September […]

  7. […] I’m getting SO CLOSE to $15k + every little bit gets me that much closer to my 30th birthday wish. Plus, you’re helping all of us living with cystic fibrosis have bigger + brighter futures […]

  8. […] fundraiser is For 30 More… her 30th birthday wish is for 30 more years of life. The #for30more logo is actually one I […]

  9. hoperoth says:

    Happy almost birthday! I am so behind on my blog reading, but I made a donation just now. :)

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