We are individuals, families and friends whose lives have been directly and indirectly touched by the disease, Cystic Fibrosis.
The Narberth Run began in 1995 as one of the events celebrating Narberth’s Centennial. What started as a run celebrating an anniversary quickly developed into a run celebrating life. In 1996 the Narberth Cystic Fibrosis Run was adopted by siblings Ame Austin, Molly McBryan and their brother Matt McCloskey, who lives with CF. Matt was fortunate to have lived a healthy and active childhood, one that so many children with CF miss out on due to complications from their illness and the frequent hospital stays this disease demands. While it started as a student project, the underlying purpose of the Run has always been to give back to the Cystic Fibrosis community. The decision to help these children quickly became our motivating factor and inspired the dedication of many. And so our mission began: to fulfill the wishes and dreams of children living with CF by giving them a respite from the havoc this disease plays on their young lives.
Thanks to a dedicated group of friends and families, the Run has become an annual event, attracting close to 1000 participants. More than just a run, the day has grown into a gathering of families, friends and a community coming together, on a Saturday morning in April, to support a great cause. At the end of the day the John A. Nardi Jr. Memorial Award is presented to the Top Male and Female Finishers. John was a Narberth native who fought a courageous battle against Cystic Fibrosis and the award is presented each year to honor his spirit and courage.
Today, we work closely with social workers from three local CF Centers to identify children who will most benefit from our mission. Since the Run’s inception, we have fulfilled over 80 wishes. These wishes have included computers, family vacations to Disney and bedroom makeovers to name a few. Our goal remains strong- to provide smiles and happy memories for these children and their families.
Please come out and join us …… and run for a child’s dream!