Meet Kaitlyn McGuire, our personal CFer.
Kaitlyn was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was barely 18 months old which was the first of many hospitalizations. In the beginning, we did not understand the battle facing us. We had no clue about the questions that would come and may never have answers. Now, 13 years old, she is still fighting this battle every day. She faces hospitalization every couple of months, but her hope never dims. She has a strong support team made up of her parents, her brothers, dozens of aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends she has made along the way. Her dream is a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
When Kaitlyn was 3, I wanted to take a proactive role in helping to battle this disease. I talked to my husband and called up a few sisters....and 'Scrapping for a Cure' was born. We wanted to help raise money for the non-profit organization, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in hopes that one day soon a cure will be found. Our organization started out small, at a local resort, with 15-20 participants. We came together to scrapbook for the weekend and help to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. After four years of hosting 'Scrapping for a Cure' in the North Alabama Area, we have moved it to the Greater Memphis Area in hopes to grow and reach more people. Not only do we want to raise money for CFF, but we want to raise awareness of CF in our communities.
In April 2014, we held our first 'Scrapping for a Cure' scrapbooking event in Memphis, TN at a local church. With it being our first time in the area, we chose to host a one day crop. With the help of two local girls, Jill Worley (having a brother who died of CF) and Tara Smith (Kaitlyn's Aunt), we were able to pull together a wonderfully successful crop. We were able to raise $4,000 our first year in Memphis. Our event committee includes: Jill Worley, Tara Smith (Kaitlyn's Aunt), Anna Steinke (Kaitlyn's Aunt), Teri Johnson (Kaitlyn's Aunt), and Me (Rachael McGuire, Kaitlyn's mother). In 2015, Hilton Memphis became our Gold Sponsor and our home for our Scrapping for a cure 2-day retreat. Our 2nd year here in Memphis we raised $8,400! Our 3rd year in Memphis, April 2016, we finally reached our ultimate goal of raising $10,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! Over the past 3 years we have raised over $30,000! We are so thankful for the support of our community and participants, and the hard work and dedication of our event team. We continue to place new goals for our event and each year we reach them.
Rachael McGuire, Founder SFAC (and Kaitlyn's Mom)