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In this newsletter: an update on Dean and his life with Cystic Fibrosis, details on Chillin' & Grillin' tickets for Sept 23, thank you to our sponsors and those that have done #somethinglikethis and finally Dean's video to share with everyone you know. xo 

Update on Dean (Burns)
Mid-July, Dean had his annual X-ray and blood work, along with the routine pulmonary function test (pft), lung culture and clinic appointment. His X-ray looked fantastic, no major changes from last year and a culture later confirmed that nothing negative was brewing. Even though the day was extremely long, and 9 vials of blood were drawn from him, he still managed to blow the most amount of volume during his pft. He is at the peak of health and we would love to keep him that way. My dad reminded me of something recently when he asked why I think Dean is as healthy as he is. I used to try and explain why but now I have no explanation other than we are thanking God for His ultimate hand in Dean's life. My dad reminded me of something I told him after Grandpa Jerry took Jim and I and Dean to a healing session at his church when Dean was just a few months old. He reminded me that I didn't pray for a cure, I just prayed that he wouldn't get any worse. I am constantly reminded of how God is providing.

The two images below are striking and a great depiction of how hard Dean works to keep his lungs clear; you can see his determination during his lung function test:  his clenched fist, white knuckles and red cheeks. God bless this little man and all those that literally have to fight to be able to breathe.
Tickets
Please save the date and purchase your tickets today for the Chillin' & Grillin' for a Cure on
Saturday Sept. 23 from 2-7pm in Frankfort.
 Click here for tickets $20 per person ages 3+ with a $70 family rate available until the week before the event. We will have tunes, food, games and drinks and much more. All proceeds from this event will be donated directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. See Dean's video below for more context if you're new to his story!

Culinary competitions
One awesome element of the event is the culinary competitions. Register 
here if you are interested in testing your skills as a chili or cookie chef. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and the tastings of the fabulous chili chefs and cookie chefs are included with your ticket price!

Sponsors

We are so thankful to our sponsors for helping us this year: Treasured Smiles Dentistry, Ozinga, Crisis Rooms, Action Sports, Randolph Street Realty Capital LLC and Renee Saban Coldwell Banker. We appreciate your generosity and commitment to helping make this event a success and for helping us do our part to make CF stand for Cure Found.
Dean continued his Climb training while on a family vacation in California, both on the Crookedest Street and on Mt. Tamalpais! #somethinglikethis



Upcoming events​
Aug 19:  CF Cycle for Life (Maple Park)
Sept 10:  Wisconsin Ironman
Sept 23:  Chillin' & Grillin' for a Cure
Oct 8: Chicago Marathon (Chicago)
Oct 14:  Candelight Bowl (Oak Forest)
Thank you
Thank you to the Arduino/Woods families for a successful Top Golf Fundraiser! You put so much work and effort into this event and we loved the pictures and the excitement around this event. Thank you for doing #somethinglikethis.

Thank you to all of the awesome people that have donated and to those that signed up to climb with us and Dean and help him fundraise to meet his $90,000 goal. We are so very excited for the family, friends, co-workers, baseball buddies and new friends that we will meet that day. Together you are all adding tomorrows and we are proud that you are a part of Team Eat. Pray. Dean. Remember to train, share your stories and pictures with us and feel free to share Dean's
video to tell everyone why you are doing #somethinglikethis.
Donate or climb with Dean on Nov 5
Join the Accenture CF Climb for Life on Nov 5
Sponsor Dean with your business
Email us about #somethinglikethis
If you haven't heard about Dean's 2017 #somethinglikethis challenge, check out his video, help us spread the word and watch his progress towards his massive goal at www.eatpraydean.com.
#somethinglikethis #cureCF #eatpraydean #pleaseshare
A huge thank you to our sponsors this year
and to all of those that have already done #somethinglikethis!
Kathy Arduino and Kelly Woods Top Golf Fundraiser
Malone / Kane family lemonade stands
Rebecca raising awareness and $ through her very first tri!
Candy & Greg Johnson Family Garage Sale
Sullivan / Johnson Family Garage Sale
St. Jude Catholic School in New Lenox Focus Day
Paul's awareness through Montana
Pam's awareness during the Ragnar Relay
Hickory Creek Middle School Great Strides & Pack the Bleachers
Aurelio's of Mokena Pizza Donation for HCMS
Peace Community Preschool Dimes for Dean
Ironmen for a Cure
Aunt Karen's Great Strides Walk in Arizona
Delta Phi Epsilon Minute to Win It

See pictures from all those doing #somethinglikethis at www.eatpraydean.com
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