The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF Foundation) honored professionals in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area for their business, community leadership, and philanthropy work at its Sixth Annual STANDOUT Awards banquet, with proceeds from the 2015 event going to further the Foundation’s research, care, and educational programs for cystic fibrosis (CF).
A banquet highlight was the auction, which included products donated by the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, the nonprofit arm of doTERRA, a company producing certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) essential oils for wellness programs and personal use, and offering oil-infused personal care products, dietary supplements, and healthy living home products.
According to a press release, the 30 honorees were chosen from among 70 nominations, and more than 200 people from across North Carolina were on hand to cheer their recognition. Below is the full list of the honorees (you can check their individual projects by clicking on their names):
- Jon Allen; Malone Lockaby; Heather Barbour Wyatt; Erin Maddrey – Committee; Steve Bondurant; Daniel Maloney – Committee; Erin Bradshaw Settevendemio; David McGibbon; Scott Branam; Mandie Miller – YP BOARD MEMBER; Jenny Brockmann; Blake Morris; Tracy Chandonnet; Julie Nale; Allen Clark – YP BOARD CHAIR; Sarah Paris; Laura Collinge; Clyde Robinson; Joanna Gammon; Gretchen Rohleder – Event Director; Justin Harlow; Johnatan Romero – Committee; Todd Harris; Dede Sidbury; Faith Hill; Christina Stritzinger; Tara Hostetter; Casey Sutton; Jamie Laymon – Committee; and James Wolf – Committee.
CF is a genetic disease that progressively limits a person’s ability to breathe, largely due to the buildup of mucus in lung tissue, leading to frequent lung infections. Patients also report complications that include recurrent episodes of pneumonia, sinus pain, and gastrointestinal problems.
An estimated 75 percent of the 70,000 people living with CF worldwide were diagnosed as young children, often at age 2. The CF Foundation provides patients much-needed help in finding affordable and specialized care in their area, and educates patients and caretakers as to the best ways of managing daily symptoms. The CF Foundation also works to advance research, such as drug development, by conducting clinical trials, and is an advocacy group. The Foundation’s efforts are ultimately directed at finding a cure for this debilitating disease.