On October 16, over 400 people came to Everbank Field to attend the Southern Oak Insurance Company Tailgate: Kick-off to a Cure, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Nearly $60,000 was raised to continue research to find treatments and a cure for cystic fibrosis. Dreambuilder Custom Homes was proud to be a River City Bistro sponsor for the event, continuing its run of support.
The event, now in its 12th year, is held annually and has raised over $650,000 in total. Catered by two dozen of Jacksonville’s finest restaurants, attendees wined and dined while watching the Jaguars battle the Steelers in the Terrace Suite overlooking the field.
Supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is important to the Dreambuilder family: president Shawn Starr’s 11-year-old niece, Courtney, suffers from the disease, along with about 30,000 others in the United States, most of whom are children.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, the most dangerous of several symptoms. Due to the support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, advances in treatment have increased the life expectancy from early childhood in the 1950s to the mid-30s today. More research is needed, however, to reach the ultimate goal: a cure.
To find out more about cystic fibrosis and how you can help, visit www.cff.org or call the North Florida office at (904) 733-3560. You can also view pictures from last year’s event on our Facebook page.