Contributed by Mary Ann Johnson
Spring Cystic Fibrosis Bazaar
4/21/2018 – 10AM
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Mat-Su Career & Technical High School
2472 N Seward Meridian Pkwy. Wasilla
The Spring Cystic Fibrosis Bazaar will take place at Mat-Su Career & Technical High School on Saturday, April 21st, from 10AM to 4PM. The bazaar will feature handmade crafts, Alaskan-made products, local businesses and silent auction items, from more than 80 vendors. There will be a variety of fresh, warm homemade soups, baked potato bar, nachos, baked goods, snacks and beverages.
I have been coordinating fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the past 17 years. My involvement and passion for fundraising for this organization is very personal, having lost three siblings to the disease. In my years of fundraising, I have met many Alaskans living with the disease, as well as the families, friends and neighbors of people with cystic fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by the disease with the end goal of finding a cure.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There is no cure. The efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, using fundraising dollars to their maximum ability, have helped improve the quality and length of life for those suffering from the disease. In 1974, when my sister passed away at age 6, that was life expectancy for someone with CF. Now, average life expectancy is around age 40 and about half of those living with CF are over the age of 18. Our fundraising efforts are paying off, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
The CF Bazaar is free and open to the public. It is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation so please come out and support the cause. The silent auction will have lots of amazing items, some donated by the vendors and some from other community businesses. Money raised from vendor fees, silent auction, food table and other donations will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You won’t want to miss out on the fun!
If you are interested in participating as a vendor or would like to make a donation to the silent auction, please contact me. You can also help by visiting the bazaar’s Facebook page and sharing the event. Please like the page, share it often and bring your friends and family out to shop and support the cause.