Local residents ‘Shamrock for a Cure for CF

Around 500 people gathered at the Countryside Banquets facility on March 7 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for a good cause — the Cystic Fybrosis Foundation.

“Shamrockin for a Cure” was organized by Western Springs residents Kellene and Matt O’Connell, whose 4-year-old son Brady fights Cystic Fibrosis. This year’s event featured an Irish-themed buffet, beer and wine, live and silent auctions, the Trinity Irish Dancers, bagpiper Dave Johnston and plenty of good cheer.

After all that excitement, guests hit the dance floor boogying to the sounds of ‘Out for Hours.”

Totals for the evening are anticipated to be around $122,000.

The event has grown from last year’s small gathering at a local bar. “We are involved because the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation strategy has demonstrated proven results with a compelling strategy to get us across the finish line to save Brady’s life,” said Matt O’Connell.

“And our involvement strengthens every year due to the advancements in research and drug development as a result of our hard work to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As our event continues to grow, the timeline toward a cure is accelerated and it’s very exciting to truly believe a cure is in sight. CFF, thanks to the amazing support of our family and friends, is helping add tomorrows for 30,000 CF patients and we are on our way to finding a cure for a life-threatening disease.”

To support the work of CFF, visit grillinois.cff.org/shamrockin.

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