Great Strides walk at the 2013 Louisville Slugger Field

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest and most successful national fundraising event. This year, I’m walking in the Great Strides walk at the 2013 Louisville – Louisville Slugger Field walk on 05/18/2013. Please help me meet my fundraising goal of $10,000 by sponsoring me. Your generous gift will be used efficiently and effectively, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education.

CF was first recognized as a disease in 1938. At that time, most babies with CF died before their first birthday. By the 1950s, people with CF rarely lived past early childhood. In 1984, a person with CF could expect to live to age 18 on average. Last year, the average life expectancy was age 38; however, new drugs continue to add years to the lives of people with CF. My daughter is one of the 3 to 4% of the population that benefitted from the release of Vertex’s Kalydeco – a drug that may increase her life expectancy to age 60!

Your donation will help add years to the lives of those children who live with cystic fibrosis. How can I be so certain that your donation will have such a meaningful impact? The CF Foundation’s approach changed the playing field because they put the money to work with researchers who agree to share their research so that other researchers can benefit from their science. The result opened the flood gates of innovation and the number and pace of advancements exploded and revolutionary drugs came into existence.

Making a donation is easy and secure! Just click the “Click to Donate” button on this page to go to make a donation that will be credited to my team. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated!

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. While my daughter may live to see her children graduate from high school or – perhaps, graduate school, 96 – 97% of those who suffer from CF are not as lucky. We continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. That’s why your help is needed now more than ever to ensure that a cure is found sooner – rather than later. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with CF! Thank you for supporting the mission of the CF Foundation and Great Strides!

If you encounter a problem with a link, please visit my Great Strides Home Page at!


If link looks broken, cut and paste ENTIRE link into address bar. If you are presented with a “Find A Walker” page, enter my first and last name and click on “Find Walker.” Then click “View Walker” by my name in the results list to go to “My Great Strides Home Page.”

Thank you,
John Schmidt


If you are in Kentucky, then I’d recommend that you call my office at 502-587-1950 or 502-509-1490 to schedule a consultation if you have an agreement, parenting schedule or court order to discuss your options.

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