An afternoon worth savoring and celebrating Baltimore’s extraordinary culinary accomplishments. Join fellow foodies at the Sandlot Baltimore to feast on delectable bites by the city’s hottest chef talent and sip stylish cocktails by Baltimore’s Bartenders Guild and local craft brews. With refreshing sights and sounds, relish in this epicurean adventure. Tickets are all inclusive with proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
My name is Laney Siems. I am 27 years old and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when I was 5 months old. I am currently living in my hometown of Baltimore, MD and have recently begun working as an Account Advisor at Cision! I moved back home from NYC spring of 2019 to focus on my health. I was lucky enough to be a candidate for the new groundbreaking drug Trikafta. I started the treatment in December 2019 and it has been a game changer for my health. With the exception of a few bumps along the way, Trikafta has given me a 9% boost in my lung function. I could not be more excited about how this has given me a better chance at life. Although we have made strides in finding new ways to help people like myself with CF, we still have a long way to go. This new drug is not a cure, and not everyone with this horrible disease is able to take Trikafta. That being said, we still need to raise money, and spread awareness about CF. With your help, we have gained tremendous momentum in our quest for breakthrough in treatment and care, and we are truly making a difference in the lives of people with CF. This is a reality because of events like Feastival, and you! We are humbled and grateful for your endless support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Hi, my name is Jordan Magsamen and I am 26 years old. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when I was 17 months old. I am in the chapter of my life where I try every day to better myself for my wellbeing. Whether that be sleeping an extra few hours, doubling up on my treatments or going to the gym. I am at a crucial age where taking care of myself must come first. I used to get anxious about this chapter of my life but now I can truly just smile about it and thank all of my supporters for always pushing me to do everything that was needed to survive. For my age my lung function is great and I cherish that every day. With today’s research and break throughs in treatments and drugs, I am able to breathe a little bit easier. I like to volunteer for the CF Foundation and participate in great events, just like Feastival to raise funds for more research. Being a CF advocate, raising awareness and funds, to hopefully change my life and that of others with CF. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are well on our way to life-changing treatments and hopefully, a cure! Please join me on this journey and make a difference.
Hey everyone! My name is Colleen, I am 24 years old and was diagnosed with CF when I was just two weeks old. I am so excited to be on board with all of the other amazing CF ambassadors for this year’s events. This past year, although one of the most difficult we have all faced, was still filled with some things I am very grateful for. For one, I’ve now been on Trikafta for a full year and am feeling healthier and more energized than I have in a long time! Minus a few strange side effects and bumps in the road, this drug really has changed not only my physical health but also my outlook on my life and my future, which I am so thankful for.
In other news, I’m now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, I’m graduating this spring with my master’s in social work, and my older sister is getting married this summer. So much excitement in a short amount of time and I’m just trying to soak it all in.
I’m excited and hopeful that we will start to have some events for the foundation in person as the world becomes a bit safer. Thanks to events like Feastival and the generous support of all our donors, doctors, and researchers, we have made huge strides towards a cure for this brutal disease. BUT we aren’t done! There are still too many CF fighters that cannot take Trikafta or any other effective treatment methods, which is something we absolutely need to keep fighting for. I’m so thankful for my support system that has stood by my side the past 24 years and I know they will keep fighting with me until everyone has an effective treatment option and one day a cure! Now let’s do it!
My name is Catie Marucci, I have suffered with Cystic Fibrosis my entire life. I was born on September 14, 1991 and was diagnosed on April 1, 1992. Unfortunately, it was not an April Fools joke. My parents were told by doctors that I most likely would not live past my 13th birthday. That was the average life span of someone born with CF at that time. Since I was born, I’ve been in and out of the hospital, had too many doctors’ appointments to even count, my lung function was all over the place getting as low as 55%.
However, thanks to the money raised for research for CF through fundraisers like Feastival, I am now 29 years old, a college graduate, working full time, married to the most amazing man, and just recently gave birth to a sweet baby boy! This would not have been possible without access to the medication I am on that was created from the money fundraised from events like this one. I wanted to become an ambassador this year for CF to spread awareness about this disease and the importance of fundraising for this cause. We will not stop until CF stands for Cure Found!
Hi! My name is Ruby Steuart and I’m 21 years old. I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when I was 18 months old. I’m a senior at the University of Maryland, studying physiology and neurobiology. Once I graduate with my bachelor’s degree in May, I am planning on getting my master’s degree and becoming a physician assistant! The hospital has always been a safe place for me and ever since I can remember, I have had a great admiration for my entire care team. I want to help others the way they have helped me!
I am part of the 10%. The 10% who cannot take the life-changing, “miracle drug”, Trikafta, which was approved in October 2019. It’s easy to assume that I would feel sad, not being able to take the drug, but the truth is that I am not sad at all. Watching this drug absolutely transform some of my closest CF friend’s lives has been incredible! I can’t help but feel overjoyed. I KNOW, without a shadow of doubt, that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will NOT forget us! The CFF is working tirelessly to develop a drug that treats the underlying cause of CF in our 10%, and a cure for all. I could not feel more confident knowing that my life is in the hands of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
Throughout the years, my passion as a CF advocate has truly gone through the roof! My favorite day of the year is walking with my team, Team Fireworks, at the Great Strides Walk in Annapolis. I also jump at every possible opportunity to raise awareness for CF as well as participate in as many clinical trials as I can. I love fighting this fight against CF with the most amazing people, doctors, and researchers by my side. We are blessed to have people like you, so readily eager to support research and advancements in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Thank you to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for everything you have done and continue to do! Now let’s finish this fight!
My name is Thelonious Johnson and I am a sophomore at Salisbury University studying Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I was diagnosed with CF when I was a month old after having a bowel blockage at birth. CF has been a challenge at times with the many things I must do to stay healthy. I pay attention to things in my life that those without CF do not consider; often mundane, every-day things, such as worrying about secondhand smoke, potentially harmful bacteria in hot tubs and pools, and even getting enough rest. I factor time into each day to complete PT and breathing treatments. While this is normal life for me, at times I still find it tiring and it sometimes makes me feel mentally, physically, and even emotionally drained. I have been lucky and blessed with a family and an amazing CF care team at Johns Hopkins who have always been there for me, supporting me through every avenue, ups and downs, that CF takes me.
When I was 16 years old, I was hospitalized after a micro bacterium was found in my lungs during a routine bronchoscopy. During this disappointing time, I truly learned how CF can negatively affect my life and just how much we in the CF world rely on each other to keep moving forward. I have had the privilege to participate in several studies to help further the health of everyone in the CF community. The CF Foundation has made many of these studies and amazing breakthroughs possible.
In December of 2019 I was prescribed the drug Trikafta, which has helped me to maintain my weight and lung function. While Trikafta has been an amazing game changer for me and many others with CF there is still a long way to go before everyone with CF can be free from the unfortunate realities of this disease. The CF Foundation works constantly to create a life without CF not just a dream, but a reality.
I ask that you not just help us financially to meet our goals, but to also provide your positive thoughts and a small amount of time to help make a huge difference. I ask that you consider sharing my bio on your social media, or by calling someone with CF who is stuck alone in the hospital, or by volunteering at CF events. Your help has proven to change thousands of lives for the better. As individuals we cannot conquer CF, but as a community we can do anything.
Kaite Rose is a dancing giggle fest! Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3 months, she is the only one of her huge extended family to have the disease. With such a close and loving family, her childhood was chaotic and exciting! And her parents never let her miss any treatments. Finding time for routine in the midst of chaos set the foundation of how important daily care was for health, happiness and maintaining the ability to pursue her dreams.
Kaite recently started taking Trikafta, and her experience taking the drug is incedible. “Everyday that I wake up and my lungs don’t crackle and pop when I take my first breath; and it doesn’t hurt just because I’ve been laying for a few hours, is a feeling I can’t explain. Unbelievable! To open my eyes and in the first instance when I subconsciously assess my world, and truly physically feel like you’re living a gift that’s something I didn’t know. Taking this drug also comes with the responsibility of knowing not everyone with cystic fibrosis has access to the drug that has been given to me by circumstantial fortune. And there is 10% of the CF population which Trikafta does not help. So the fight for a cure and treatment distribution is not over!”
Today, Kaite Rose is excited to continue her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, especially in the time of Social Media where she can connect with CF’ers around the world! The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is SO CLOSE TO A CURE and it’s thanks to people like you and events like this! We aren’t there yet, but we can see the finish line! Let’s sprint!
Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3-months-old, Jeff Breslin knows first-hand and believes that pain and adversity are things we all face at different times in our lives. Whether physical, emotional, or mental, pain is not something we usually choose or control — especially when we’re kids. At the age of 12 Jeff began to understand that his pain, not of his choosing and outside of his control, might ultimately dictate the path of his life.
Around the same time that he gained perspective about his own circumstance, Jeff also learned the power of just one, simple, “YES”. It was shortly after his twelfth birthday, and he was in the hospital receiving treatment, when the Philadelphia Eagles’ star defensive tackle, Andy Harmon, gave him a call. Mr. Harmon’s statement was simple, but growing up a huge Eagles fan, you can imagine the impact of his words. Andy simply told Jeff, “everything was going to be okay.” Years later the two remained in touch, sharing little moments that shaped Jeff’s young life. Just one yes, by what was then a total stranger, changed Jeff’s perspective and ultimately laid the foundation for his belief in serving others — no matter how big or small the act may be — just one act, one YES, can alter a life forever.With a humble and grateful perspective, Jeff Breslin has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to nonprofit management and corporate philanthropy. He has created, launched, and managed projects with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Under Armour, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. Jeff is currently the Chief Executive of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore – a youth development organization reaching more than 500 young people across Baltimore.
In addition to his professional career, Jeff Breslin is a board member for the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was a committee member of Baltimore City Public Schools’ City Schools CEO Enrollment Task Force (2018). He has received notable honors including Baltimore Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Top Business Professionals (2013) and led Under Amour’s efforts which resulted in the brand being a finalist for the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards for Corporate Community Impact Award Honoree (2017 & 2018).
In his free time, you can find Jeff enjoying every second of being an uncle to nine awesome nieces and nephews, cheering on his Philadelphia Eagles or tackling a new recipe in the kitchen with his wife, Rebecca.