ANCHORAGE – May 4, 2016 — More than 30 teams will Shoot for the Cure on May 13th at Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park. This is the 9th year that five-person clay-target shooting teams will raise their guns to increase awareness about cystic fibrosis (CF) and to fundraise for Alaska patients and their families who face unique challenges from this disease.
“Since 2007, this event has brought the community together to benefit CF patients and has raised close to $1 million,” said Shoot for the Cure co-founder Karen Rey. “We’ve been able to fund research to find better treatments and hopefully a cure someday, rallied to open clinical trials and collaborated with another group to offer an equestrian program for CF patients. We also offer tuition scholarships to Alaska students with CF and activity scholarships to increase the quality of life for those battling this disease every day.”
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease characterized by the buildup of thick, sticky mucus that can damage many of the body’s organs. Those with CF often experience progressive damage to the respiratory system and chronic digestive problems. The features of the disorder, and its severity, vary among affected individuals. CF used to be considered a fatal disease of childhood, but improved treatments mean many with the disease live well into adulthood.
Alaskans have several options for supporting the 2016 Shoot for the Cure including buying a gun raffle ticket, making an online donation, attending this year’s banquet and forming a team to participate in the shoot. Gun raffle tickets can be purchased online or at the event for $20 each. A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold, and two guns will be awarded on May 13 — a Browning Maxus Semi-Auto 12 Gauge and a Browning Silver Sporting Semi-Auto 12 Gauge. Winners need not be present to win. Attend the SFTC Banquet on Thursday, May 12th at 5:30 pm at the Petroleum Club of Anchorage. Tickets for $40 are available online, or can be purchased at the door. The evening includes silent and live auctions, a keynote speaker, games of chance and entertainment. Teams, as well as individuals are still being accepted for the Shoot for the Cure event on Friday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 pm at Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park in Chugiak. Five-person teams participate in a 75 round (25 trap, 25 skeet and 25 5-stand) shoot. Lunch, targets and shells are included. Teams can register by downloading the registration packet on the Home Page.
Corporate sponsorships of the Shoot for the Cure are also available. For more information, visit www.alaskacfshoot.org or call (907) 830-6048. Follow us on Facebook for more event details.
This year’s Shoot for the Cure sponsors include Little Red Services, Alaska Frontier Constructors, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, GCI, ACE Air Cargo, Lynden, Peak Oilfield Service Company, ConocoPhillips, Arctic Controls, Quality Asphalt Paving, Udelhoven and Pattison General Contractors is coming up from Washington State to participate.