By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
Creating new team traditions.
The Grand Canyon University Spirit Club has created a new team tradition: to attend the annual Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the Scottsdale Promenade. This is the club’s second year attending the event to cheer on patrons of the walk to show support for the community and the cause.
“This walk means a lot to us,” said Lopes sophomore captain Jordyn Moore. “As a club, we are able to join the community and support a great cause that is working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Going to this event, we are able to represent ourselves, GCU and GCU Club Sports to the fullest.”
Great Strides Walk is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest fundraising event, hosting walks across the country. The Great Strides walk raised over $25,000 in Scottsdale that contributed to the fundraiser that’s already raised $36 million and counting.
The walk included a 2.5-mile course, and the Lopes stood on sidelines throughout to cheer on patrons. The Lopes also played and danced with children that were affected with cystic fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic progressive disease that causes constant lung infections that limits the ability to breathe over time. Cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, and 70,000 worldwide. Every year, approximately 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a national organization that is leading the way in innovative research and drug development, promoting high quality, individualized care and helping those who are affected by cystic fibrosis live a better-quality life.
“We realized that we are blessed for what we have,” said Moore. “This event really showed us how a simple smile or words of encouragement can brighten up someone’s day.”
Have spirit and want to be a part of a team? Contact Lopes Head Coach Jordan Elmore today!