Briggs Sponsors Cystic Fibrosis Climb for a Cure

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February 5, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, is the presenting sponsor of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s (CFF) Climb for a Cure, an annual fundraising event hosted by the Minnesota chapter that challenges participants to climb IDS Center’s 50 flights of stairs (1,280 steps).

Chuck Johnson, head of Briggs’ business law section, has been instrumental in the firm’s continuing support of CFF’s annual climb, coordinating participation among Briggs and Morgan employees for Team Briggs. He also has a personal family tie to cystic fibrosis—his two adolescent children, Jackie and Cooper, live with the disease.

The 27th Annual Climb for the Cure is Feb. 9, 2008. Briggs and Morgan has sponsored Climb for a Cure annually since 2001, donating more than an estimated $50,000 total over the years. In 2007, Team Briggs consisted of 35 climbers who raised more than $4,600 collectively; Briggs and Morgan also gave a direct contribution of $3,500. Team Briggs 2008 comprises over 40 people and includes attorneys, administrative staff and their families.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. CF causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky secretions that clog the airways and lead to life-threatening lung infections. The thick CF substance also obstructs the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to break down and digest food. Today, the median age of survival for an individual with CF extends into the mid-30s.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to find a cure and control for CF. Although there have been numerous advances in treatment and control of CF, currently there is no cure. Last year, Climb for a Cure raised $150,000 for cystic fibrosis care, medical programs and CF research to improve the quality of life for the people living with this disease.