Our Best Year Yet
Over 3,000 people participated in Battle for the Bridge events in 2015, easily setting a record for participation. Our 5th year of promoting alumni events and celebrating the longstanding rivalry between Oregon City and West Linn was by far the best yet!
While it is great to see friends from both sides of the river at Battle for the Bridge events, participation is not our only measure of success. We also weigh heavily the impact we make in the Oregon City/West Linn communities and towards our primary goal of ending Cystic Fibrosis. I am proud to report that in 2015, Battle for the Bridge will contribute $27,498 to people, organizations, and research that furthers our mission. This year’s awards brings the total community impact over the last five years to $111,096.23. Not bad for a bunch of kids from Oregon City and West Linn!
In the past this year end announcement has been more of a blanket statement about how the Board has decided to allocated funds. This year, I thought it might be fun to highlight some of the partnerships Battle for the Bridge has formed and the lives that have changed because of your participation.
For example, Battle for the Bridge was thrilled to support Prayer’s for Amanda Sue in 2015. If you have not read or followed Amanda’s battle with Cystic Fibrosis, I strongly encourage you to do so by visiting her Facebook page. Amanda’s perseverance and strength battling this terrible disease will literally jump off the page and you cannot help but be touched by her journey. Amanda Sue is a Gladstone High School graduate and although she grew up across a different bridge, supporting her ongoing fight with this disease is what Battle for the Bridge is all about.
As we have reported many times this year, the bulk of Battle for the Bridges’ funds in 2015 will support the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Since Boomer’s son Gunnar was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, he has used his fame and namesake foundation to raise over a hundred million dollars to support those families impacted by CF and someday make this a disease of the past. With these critical research dollars, our understanding of Cystic Fibrosis is growing daily and we have seen great progress towards treating the disease in recent years. Historically, children with CF died as infants, and as recently as 1980 the median survival was less than 20 years. Over the past three decades the lifespan of CF patients has increased to almost 40 years! Imagine where we will be in another 10, 20, 30 years with your support of organizations like Battle for the Bridge and the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
I would be remiss if I did not thank Town and Country Honda, especially Carlos Martinez, for their relentless support of Battle for the Bridge. Town and Country has served as presenting sponsor of Battle for the Bridge for the last two years and has unquestionably ignited our ability to raise life-changing dollars. Town and Country is beacon of community support. When you purchase or service a vehicle at Town and Country, know you are also helping Battle for Bridge continue its mission of service in our communities.
Last but not least, please mark your calendars for Battle for the Bridge’s 2016 events:
- 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 30, 2016
- Battle for the Bridge VI on Saturday, August 13, 2016
- Alumni Basketball Game on Tuesday, November 8, 2016
- Holiday Party on Saturday, December 3, 2016
Thank you for your support in 2015. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you a terrific holiday season and great start to 2016.