Local teens plan fundraiser for cystic fibrosis foundation

CARMEL VALLEY — A group of North Coast students has organized a Movie Under the Stars showing the Disney film “Up” at 7 p.m. April 30 in the Torrey Pines High School quad, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Aditi Trivedi, Max Smiley and Emily Morgan, the organizers of the event, are asking for donations of $10 for students and $15 for the public. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door or in advance at cff.org/chapters/sandiego. Minors under 15 must have a parent or guardian present. Every ticket purchased will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a new Toshiba laptop computer. Torrey Pines freshman Morgan and Canyon Crest Academy seniors Smiley and Trivedi thought the movie night would be a special and fun way to raise some money for CFF.
The youngsters all serve on the Curefinders youth board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s San Diego and Imperial County chapter.
Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults. While life expectancy has increased as treatments have developed over the years, there is still no cure. Max especially wanted to get involved with Curefinders as his cousin Ross has cystic fibrosis.
“It’s extremely hard on him,” said Max, describing how Ross has to wear a vibrating vest that helps clear the lungs from mucus building up.
The students have been involved with Curefinders for two years, attending monthly meetings. “Our job is to recruit schools to do fundraisers to raise money to find a cure and raise awareness,” Aditi said.
One of the group’s other fundraisers is a coin drive they run at local elementary schools.
Often a young cystic fibrosis patient will come to the school to promote the drive, sometimes it is Hazel Remington, the daughter of Canyon Crest teacher Mike Remington.
“The students get really involved and really care when they see another kid who has it,” Max said.
At the movie night, the “rival” schools will compete to see which school can get the most students to attend and raise the most money. If a school raises more than $1,000, BJ’s restaurant will match the $1,000 donation and give an additional $1,000 to the school.
The San Diego Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is now accepting nominations for the student youth board of its successful CureFinders program. The CureFinders Student Youth Board will provide students with an opportunity to learn leadership skills, gain fundraising experience and become involved in the planning and execution of a school-based change-collection program.


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