What’s Up with Morgan Grindstaff
By Amy Hastings
Morgan Grindstaff is 21 years old; 18 years longer than he was projected to live. He has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects between 30,ooo-60,000 people in the United States today. Many of these people will not live to see their teenage years. But, Morgan Grindstaff is on a mission to help more people defy the odds.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs, liver, pancreas and digestive system. This build up of mucus causes breathing difficulty, digestive problems, and frequent infections of the lungs. A simple cold can lead to life threatening complications to a person with the disease.
Due to the rarity of the disease, research for Cystic Fibrosis is not federally funded. The majority of funding comes from organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thanks to this funding, the U.S. Food and Drug administration approved a new treatment for some types of CF in January of 2012.
Grindstaff was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three months and has endured frequent hospital stays and daily courses of medication and therapies. Though Grindstaff is not a candidate for the new treatment, he is in relatively good health today. He has dedicated his life to helping others with CF. He is doing this by raising awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Grindstaff is planning to walk in the 2012 Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk on May 6th at Gaston County Park in Dallas. To sponsor Grindstaff or to make a donation, visit his team page at www.cff.org/great_strides/MorganGrindstaff.
But, before he walks, he is inviting every one to ride! Grindstaff is hosting the Ride for Breath Poker Run on Saturday, May 5th. The Start and Finish will be at Rock House Tavern in Gastonia. Registration will begin at 10:30am with the first bike out at 11:00am, and last bike in at 1:00pm. Non-Riders are welcome to come and enjoy food and entertainment!