For the second year, Interlace Health teamed up with a long-time partner, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, to help sponsor and participate in the Tennessee Chapter’s annual Cycle for Life Challenge.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s (CFF) efforts contribute to many positive advancements in cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment that allow those living with CF to live better, healthier, and longer. In 1955, children with this rare genetic disease, that causes a thick mucus buildup in many vital organs, including the lungs, and makes breathing very difficult, were not expected to live to elementary school age. Now, the median life expectancy is 53 years-old! We now have 40,000 people with CF living in the US and over 100,000 people worldwide, with more adults than children living with CF. At this point, there is still no cure for CF, but the CFF is in it “until it’s done;” the CFF’s mission is to cure CF and to provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives by funding research and drug development, partnering with the CF community, and advancing high-quality, specialized care.
As the CFF works to achieve their mission, CFF chapters nationwide host a variety of physical endurance events. Each year the CFF Tennessee chapter hosts an exhilarating cycling and fundraising event, the Cycle for Life Challenge. Participants fund raise and cycle to aid in “adding tomorrows for people living with cystic fibrosis.”
As an event sponsor, Interlace Health employees laced up their sneakers and got active. Employees divided into inter-departmental teams for some friendly competition. Team members cycled, ran, and walked then logged their milage during the week of October 17. The winning team logged 450 miles (that is further than the 300 miles distance from St Louis, MO, where Interlace Health is Headquartered, to Nashville, TN, where the in-person cycling took place). Together, the 5 Interlace Teams contributed 1,775 miles to the 3,700 total miles logged (that is 48%) and contributed to the over $75,000 raised during the event for the CFF!
Sean Hipps and Jolly Johnson, the CFF’s Tennessee Chapter Development Director and Senior Development Director, kicked off the virtual event for the Interlace Teams sharing educational information about CF and the CFF and rallying excitement. The week concluded with an awards ceremony to celebrate the winning team, individuals with the most miles logged, and everyone’s participation. Afterwards, Hipps shared additional words of encouragement and gratitude, “it takes an entire community to make a lasting difference and the way so many came together this year was truly inspiring. We appreciate you helping make this year’s CF Cycle for Life event an incredible success!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ellie Silver is a Solution Architect at Interlace Health. In this role, Ellie provides expertise to healthcare organizations, incorporating Interlace Health solutions, services, and integration technologies to help optimize workflows for patients, providers, and staff. Her degree in Health Science combined with her experience as a Project Manager and End User Trainer enhances her abilities as an innovator in the healthcare IT industry. Ellie is enthusiastic about healthcare and is passionate about helping healthcare organizations create continuous success.