Lake Minnetonka Triathlon is proud to support local charities through swimming, biking, and running for a cause.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other major organs. In people with CF, mututations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance reguator (CFTR) gene can cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional. When this protein is not working correctly, mucus in various organs becomes thick and sticky.
In the lungs, the mucus can clog airways and trap bacteria, leading to infections, respiratory failure, and other complications. In the pancreas, the buildup of mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that help the body absorb food and key nutrients. This can result in malnutrition and poor growth.
Though there have been tremendous advancements in specialized CF care since the 1950's, there still is no cure and many lives are cut short. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to finding the cure for this fatal disease, fund development of new therapies and help people with CF live full, productive lives.
Let's help make CF stand for Cure Found.
For 2019, we partnered with the YMCA! Day camp is a wonderful place for children to escape to nature and enjoy fun outdoor activities, without being attached to a screen. The YMCA staff help kids learn new skills and build self-esteem while practicing the YMCA's core values.
The YMCA offers scholarships to help individuals and families access fun summer programs, like Camp Christmas Tree.
Can Do Canines helps enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. Since 1989, they have been providing assistance dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge. Their fully-trained dogs, sometimes adopted from local shelters, are provided to people with mobility challenges, hearing impaired, seizure disorders, children with autism, and other conditions. Can Do Canines was our charity partner in 2018.
Our charity partner for 2017-Perspectives helps local mothers that are affected by poverty, addiction, trauma, or abuse. They do this by providing tools and access to resources to empower herself and rebuild her family in a healthy environment. They also help at-risk children with academics, better nutrition, summer recreation programs, student volunteering, and more.
The ICA Food Shelf offers local families in the West Metro Area hope by providing assistance in many areas. Since 1971, they have been providing food to families in need. More recently the organization has added programs around employment assistance and emergency financial assistance.