Annual Three Day Stampede on tap this coming weekend
BRISTOL — The Three Day Stampede, commemorating its 25th year of raising money for cystic fibrosis research,takes place July 24, 25 and 26 at the Bristol Recreation Field. The Stampede will feature 30 tents of yard sale treasures, a huge used book sale, a silent auction with over 500 items, an incredible bake sale, a food bunk, a group ride led by the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, a 5K run and the 25th Walk and Roll-a-thon, which is how this event started.
“This event is life changing and wouldn’t happen without the support of our expanded community and we all look forward to it all year,” says Bonita Bedard, founder of the Stampede.
To date, the Stampede has sent over $1.5 million dollars to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“We are thrilled with the advances that have taken place regarding research over the past several years and specifically in the last couple of weeks,” says Bedard. “The FDA has just approved the use of a new drug, Orkambi,which is specifically designed for patients who have the most common CF gene mutation and represents about one third of the CF population.”
Orkambi has shown CF patients significant improvements in their breathing and lung function. It is the latest example of the CF Foundation’s venture philanthropy model, one which has invested millions of dollars to help develop CF drugs and therapies.
“We couldn’t be more proud to know that the $1.5 million this event has raised has helped to speed this very important research,” Bedard says. Nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of the foundation’s support.
For more information on the Stampede visit www.threedaystampede.org.
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