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Cub scouts put squeeze on cystic fibrosis

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Cub Scout Pack 1225 in Flower Mound offered a helping hand to their North Texas neighbors suffering from cystic fibrosis.

A lemonade stand at Kroger on Cross Timbers Road brought in a hefty $607.23 contribution toward a cure. CF is a degenerative genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive track, and often makes it hard to breathe.

“In the Cub Scout Promise, the boys pledge to help other people,” said Todd Fries, one of the pack’s den leaders and coordinator of the lemonade fundraiser. “These boys are learning the values of scouting by doing.” 

The Webelos are required to participate in a public service event to earn their citizenship badge.  In preparation for the event, the boys made posters and learned about cystic fibrosis and the many people that the CF Foundation (CFF) helps.

Kroger customers generously donated to the cause, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the CFF’s Northeast Texas chapter, a non-profit, donor-supported organization devoted to advancing research, caring for CF families and raising awareness.

Flower Mound scouts participating in the fundraiser included: Tyler Fries, Ethan Fries, Spencer Fries, Ryan Mosely, Jake Mosely, Ruthwick Kella, Aidan Smith, Ryan Parkes, Colin Gurley, Jason Street, Raul Santos, Lacas Runte, Brenner Hall, Bronson Hall, Ishaan Nigam, Saatvik Sunkavalli, Joshua Wiederkehr, Andrew Hoffman, Parker Hein and Srikar Potcapalli. The scouts in Pack 1225 fall under the leadership of Cubmaster Carey Turner.

“This grassroots community effort toward finding a cure for CF began nine years ago, and is fueled by lemonade stands, garage sales, school change drives and the annual North Texas Wine Opener,” said Andrea Grubbs, who actively fundraises on behalf of the CFF.

“Our friends and neighbors have helped raise $1.7 million so far, and we continue the fight to add tomorrows for children and young adults living with this awful disease.”

The next community event is planned for December, with hot cocoa, train rides and photo opportunities benefitting the CFF. For information on donations or holding a local fundraising event, such as Lemonade Pals or Change for CF, contact Andrea Grubbs at andrea.grubbs@verizon.net or visit www.cfwineopener.org.

 

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