Vulcan event raises funds for cystic fibrosis research

By |  May 4, 2018

Make a Break Thru for CF raised more than $2 million over 16 years. Photo courtesy of Rose Moffett.

Vulcan Materials Co. helped raise more than $187,000 toward cystic fibrosis research at the 16th annual Make a Break Thru for CF sporting clays tournament last month at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville, Tennessee.

More than 550 shooters and 100 volunteers participated in the event, which has raised more than $2 million over the past 16 years.

All of the proceeds from the event go to Cure Finders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cystic fibrosis research. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Without treatment, cystic fibrosis results in death for 95 percent of affected children before age 5, according to Vulcan.

“During the run of this event, the life expectancy of a CF patient has risen over 15 years,” says Callie Deanda, a Cure Finders board member and a cystic fibrosis patient. “We’re so grateful to Vulcan and all our partners for their heart, their support and motivation to make this the largest clay tournament in the Eastern U.S.”

Callie’s parents, Jim Deanda and Barbara Gray, launched Cure Finders two decades ago. Deanda’s longtime friend, former Vulcan plant manager Kirk Eastin, was the one who first suggested using the fun shoot as a way to raise money for cystic fibrosis.

Vulcan staffs the event with employee volunteers along with those from Cure Finders.

“To see the impact that Vulcan Materials and the people of this industry have made over the past 15 years is very meaningful,” says Brian Pace, Vulcan area manager. “Cure Finders is an incredible organization, and we’re so proud to sponsor this amazing event.”

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