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Fighting 4 Every Breath--Full Gear Fundraiser



‘Fighting 4 Every Breath' is the motivation for a unique fundraiser this weekend. It will take place during the Sturgis Falls Celebration this in Cedar Falls.

Cedar Falls Firefighter Shane Farmer will compete in the Sturgis Falls 5K Sunday morning, wearing all fifty pounds of his regular firefighting gear. His goal is to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for which Shane has become a one-man fundraising machine. Last year, Shane raised more than $ 2,000, and is pretty sure he'll raise even more money.  

That's because this year, Shane will get some help from his firefighting brothers. Several firefighters from the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Fire Departments will join Shane in the Sunday morning 5K, with hopes of surpassing last year's fundraising total for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, go to When you get to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Home Page, just click on the ‘Great Strides' tab. This site will allow you to make an online donation to the foundation.

Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive disease which clogs the lungs and can lead to life-threatening lung infections. Shane's involvement in the fight against CF revolves around four-year old twins, Maren and Berne Denison of Cedar Falls, both of whom were diagnosed with CF at birth. Maren and Berne have to struggle with the complications of CF every day of their lives. Every day, they spend an hour undergoing chest physical therapy and have to take some thirty different medications to fight their Cystic Fibrosis.

Be sure to look for Shane and the other Cedar Valley firefighters during the annual Sturgis Falls 5K Sunday morning. Give them a cheer when they pass by and be sure to make a donation to the CF Foundation if you can.

By the way, Shane also competes in ‘Firefighter Combat Challenges' all over the country. These are extremely demanding physical challenges, in which participants, like Shane, will climb a five-story tower, drag fire hoses, hoist chops and rescue a life-sized, 175-pound ‘victim,' all in less than two minutes. It's a grueling competition, and Shane scored high enough to make the top-10 in last year's competition. Shane Farmer.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele


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