The M4CF Story
In 2007 two marathon-running pediatric pulmonologists formed a running group called Team 65ROSES to honor their CF patients and to raise awareness and funds. Funds raised were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CF Reaching Out Foundation, and other CF related organizations. Miles for Cystic Fibrosis (M4CF) incorporated as a 501(C)(3) organization to support the fundraising of Team 65ROSES and to provide a broader scope. M4CF continued to support other CF organizations and in 2016 began providing direct support to those living with CF.
Through the BreatheStrong exercise program, grants are given to encourage and support healthy physical activities that can lead to longer, stronger lives. M4CF expanded its support of those living with CF to include the Susan C. Burroughs Critical Needs Initiative. In 2023 M4CF kicked off its newest program BreatheStrong+.
The CFLF Story
Brian Callanan, an adult living with cystic fibrosis (CF), recognized the importance of physical activity as an integral part of managing his physical and mental well being. In 2006 he began a national fundraising and awareness campaign that was centered around him cycling from Canada to Key West, FL. This campaign would be the origination of the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation (CFLF). In 2007, CFLF launched its CF Recreation Grant. Originally intended to help support access to activities for adolescents and young adults, it soon became apparent that supporting active lifestyles for those with CF should have no age limit. By 2012, the program had grown by 400%. In 2020 and in response to COVID-19, CFLF established the online STROLO University program to provide online activities and education.