How One Family is Making a Million Dollar Difference

Kayla Flint, left, who has cystic fibrosis, has grown up with The Stampede. Now 23, she says it's her favorite time of year.
Kayla Flint, left, who has cystic fibrosis, has grown up with The Stampede. Now 23, she says it’s her favorite time of year.

Some stories just stick with you. This one, in particular, makes me love humans. Thanks to the Bedard family, in Bristol, Vermont, for sharing their incredible story with me:

When Kayla Flint was born, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Doctors told her family to expect a life expectancy into the teens. Rather than waste their energy on sadness and pity, the Flints and Bedards put their best foot forward, and started taking strides towards a cure. They created a small fundraiser in their town of Bristol, Vermont, which has grown into a three-day event that draws nearly 7,000. Last year, alone, it brought in $105,000. Today, 23 years later, they’ve raised more than $1 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Read about how they did it on DivineCaroline.

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