Emily Schaller, Founder of Rock CF, shares her inspirational battle with Cystic Fibrosis and the exciting path that led her to partner with Pewabic for a Gift & Give holiday shopping event.
In 1983, my parents were given the news that their third child had cystic fibrosis. The prognosis for surviving into adulthood, let alone her teenage years was not good. I am super happy to report that I am my parents third child, and I am now 31 years old and have never been happier or healthier in my life. My CF road has been rocky, filled with hospital stays, surgeries, hours of breathing treatments and many, many medications. While the treatments, the doctors and my family kept me alive, I believe running changed my life. I run to live and I run to breathe. This video captures my path to ROCK CF, the foundation I started in 2007 to support research and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.
From an early age, I knew there was a reason I had CF, and that I needed to use it as a tool to educate to change the world for others with CF. I wanted to give people a chance to be a part of something big, to “Rock CF!” This year, I officially opened the first Rock CF office in the Boulevard West building in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. There is nothing better than being able say that Rock CF is now a Detroit based small business! Likewise, supporting local businesses has always been and remains very important to me. That is why Rock CF continues to partner with Pewabic Pottery.
Each year, Pewabic hosts Gift & Give holiday parties for local businesses and private groups. Pewabic donates 10% of sales during these events to charities of the businesses or group’s choice. On Monday, December 2, 2013, we (Rock CF & Pewabic) kick off a weeklong partnership with a Gift & Give shopping event for Rock CF. From December 2 – December 8, you can shop online at Pewabic’s store to support Rock CF. We will close the week of online shopping with a private two-hour event on site at the historic Pewabic Pottery on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 2-4pm.
For more on Rock CF, visit our website. There you will find information about our fundraising initiatives and the products we sell to combat Cystic Fibrosis.
To purchase your holiday gifts in support of Rock CF, visit Pewabic online. Be sure to type the words ROCKCF in the comments section of your purchase.