On a typical day, 3-year-old Mitchell Courtright undergoes two-and-a-half hours of breathing treatments. It is estimated he has taken more than 25,000 doses of medication in his life.
Mitchell and his 8-year-old brother Matthew have Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects the lung, pancreas and liver. A disease, the boys’ father, Gregory Courtright, explained, that has no cure.
“The only way a cure can be found is through private donations,” Courtright said at a recent meeting of the Caldwell Council.
He and his wife, Jeanne, residents of the borough since 2002, have been actively raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since their sons were diagnosed.
The family is hosting the second annual Skate 4CF on Saturday, April 6, from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., at Clary Anderson Arena in Montclair. Proceeds from the event will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well as the Mauli Ola Foundation, a non-profit which teaches children with CF how to surfboard.
“Salt air is a natural therapy,” Courtright said.
Local skating coach Deana Sroka will be giving free group lessons at the fundraiser.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 after March 30 or at the door. Skate rentals and walkers will be available at the rink for no extra charge.
For tickets, email TeamCourtright@comcast.net or call Jeanne and Gregory at 973-364-0102.
For more information about Cystic Fibrosis, visit www.cff.org.
Save the Date
A CF Walk will be held at Grover Cleveland Park on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. To support the Courtrights by joining the team or making a donation, visit Matthew & Mitchell's Crew team page.