Islanders Staff Makes "Great Strides" To Helping Cure CF
/ New York Islanders
The Islanders took another step, literally in this case, in being an active participant within the community again on Sunday morning, as many full and part time Islanders employees participated in the Great Strides walk at Lido Beach. The Great Strides Walk is an annual fundraising event geared towards taking steps to cure Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. During the 1950s, children diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis were lucky if they were able to make it into their early years of grade school. With advances in medical treatments, many of those with the disease can now live into their 40s and beyond, although there is still no cure.
The Islanders Game Operations Manager, Michael Sciortino, has worked hard to make the Islanders organization a strong participant in the walk. On Sunday morning, a team of over 30 Islanders employees, as well as Sparky and the Ice Girls, showed up to support the cause. The team of Islanders employees was one of the top fundraising teams at the walk, raising over $7,000. The Islanders organization also participated as a platinum sponsor for the walk. Along with the Islanders staff were over 600 people walking to help raise money to fight this terrible disease. The event was a lot of fun and the weather could not have been better. With more walks upcoming, be sure to visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on the web at http://www.cff.org/GREAT_STRIDES/ and see how you can help. Every little thing helps greatly!