Over 20 staff and students scaled all 50 flights of the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis for the 31st Annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Climb for the Cure.
The team’s effort included much more than the climb itself. Fundraising efforts leading up the climb netted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation just under $2,500.
The students fundraising campaign included several events in the week leading up to the event. Included were a staff bike-a-thon, soup and smoothie sale and a campus-wide trivia contest.
“It was really cool to see so many different people come together for a single cause,” student John Axel said. “Whether they knew somebody [with cystic fibrosis] or not, it was inspiring to see so many groups, both big and small make the effort to help find a cure.”
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life shortening, genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. A defective gene causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky substance in the lungs and digestive system that hinders the body’s ability to breathe and absorb nutrients. Currently, there is no cure.