Amazing Race returns to fund cystic fibrosis research

Photo courtesy of sisterfibrosis.com

Every day, 19-month-old Anna Becket takes 25 pills.

The medication helps her with digestion. She wears a vibrating vest for an hour each day to get things moving in her lungs and also does an hour of breathing therapy.

Shortly after she was born, Anna was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.

“Even though Anna looks perfect, there’s a lot of things going on inside her body,” said her mother, Kate Becket of Carlisle. “Every day it’s work.”

Photo courtesy of sisterfibrosis.com

Becket and her husband, Alexander, also parents to 3-year-old Jack, are York natives. It’s where their family and friends are, she said, and where it made sense to host a cystic fibrosis fundraiser.

Anna’s Amazing Race, now in its second year, will kick off at 1 p.m. May 18 at Rocky Ridge Park’s Squirrel Pavilion in Springettsbury Township.

But this isn’t your normal fundraiser.

Last year’s participants kicked large beach balls up Reservoir Hill, decorated cupcakes while blindfolded, sang karaoke and added up all the items on the menu at Marcello’s Pizza in the West Manchester Mall.

“We do try to concentrate things in certain areas and we move things around each year,” Robert Godfrey of Spring Garden Township said. “Tasks are different and the places are different.”

Godfrey is part of the community relations team for the event and came up with the idea last year along with Kate Becket’s mom, Kim Pessognelli.

“I watch the TV show (“The Amazing Race”) and I thought we could do something on a smaller scale and it’d be more fun than just running or walking,” he said.

Last year, 12 teams raised just shy of $10,000 and they hope to surpass that goal in 2013. Money is donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and 90 cents of each dollar goes right to research, Becket said.

“They’re so close to curing it,” she said, adding that she is hopeful that in a year or two participants will be able to say they had a hand in helping cure the genetic disease.

For now, Anna’s Amazing Race organizers hope the event will get the word out about cystic fibrosis and ongoing research. And they hope people will have a good time while supporting a good cause.

“Everyone can do it,” Becket said. “I think it’s fun and something different.”

Godfrey echoed her sentiment.

“It is probably the most fun fundraiser that anyone can participate in.”

Registration

Photo courtesy of sisterfibrosis.com

You can register your team of four online. Individual racers or groups of less than four will be assigned to other teams.

There is a fee of $5 a person.

Upon completion of registration, you’ll receive your team color and sponsorship sheet. Teams are encouraged to coordinate their outfits to their team color, decorate their car and be creative.

Each person is asked to raise a minimum of $25 per person.

About the race

Your team must arrive by 1 p.m. May 18 at Rocky Ridge Park’s Squirrel Pavilion in Springettsbury Township. Teams will be penalized for every minute they are late. Clues will be given for the first location. The race begins at 1:33 p.m.

The race will last 2 to 3 hours. GPS devices are allowed. Awards will be given to the team raising the most money, the first, second and third team to cross the finish line, and the group with the most team spirit.

For information, visit the event website or call 717-885-0195.

About April Trotter

Editor of Smart. NEPA transplant. Penn State and Shippensburg grad. Kickball and craft beer enthusiast. Collector of cardigans. "Bennie and the Jets" fanatic. Contact me at atrotter@ydr.com, at "Smart magazine" on Facebook, @SmartMagPA on Twitter or by phone at 717-771-2030.
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