ATLANTA, May 15 This summer, it's possible to enjoy a dipin the pool or a backyard barbecue and support a worthwhile charity at thesame time. BioGuard, one of the nation's premier suppliers of pool and spacare products, is partnering with the Laps for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundationon BioGuard Splash for CF(TM), a nationwide fundraiser that gives pool owners,swimmers and supporters the opportunity to make a splash for a good cause. Thegoal is to get one million people in the pool for CF by July 4th.
The story behind BioGuard Splash for CF lies in the story of EmilySchreiber. Emily was diagnosed with CF in January 2003 at age nine. Sheorganized her first fundraising event, Laps for CF, only six weeks after herdiagnosis. An avid swimmer, Emily recruited donors to pledge dollar amountsfor each lap she would swim. Now in its sixth year, the Laps for CF event hasgrown from swimming in a small community pool in Birmingham to two annual swimexhibitions at Auburn University and the University of Alabama, as well aspartnering with both the Boomer Esiason Foundation and BioGuard. What began asa local fundraiser is now a successful non-profit with a variety of local andnational events, and Emily's efforts have grossed over $1 million to-date.
Cystic fibrosis is a chronic genetic disease where a defective gene andits protein product cause the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus. Thismucus clogs the lungs, leading to life-threatening lung infections, andobstructs the pancreas, preventing natural enzymes from helping the bodyabsorb and break down food. Thirty thousand children and adults suffer from CFin the United States. Before 1990, few children with CF lived to attendelementary school. Now, the median life expectancy is 37.
"We want to get a million people making a splash for CF this summer," saidScott Newton, BioGuard brand manager. "They can make a donation to a swimmeror at their local BioGuard dealer, throw a fundraising pool party or visit thewebsite to learn more. We're also encouraging swim clubs to collect pledgesfor the laps they swim at a meet or practice. Everyone can lend their supportand make a difference in their local community."
Many in BioGuard's network of dealers across the country were similarlydrawn to Emily's cause. In addition to supporting BioGuard Splash for CF byaccepting donations in their stores, many dealers are planning to join in thefun by sponsoring swim teams and pool parties. To find a local dealer, visitwww.bioguard.com .
Swim season and BioGuard Splash for CF both hit their peak betweenMemorial Day and July 4th weekends, but donations are accepted anytime atwww.splashforcf.org .
"We fell in love with Emily the first time we heard about her story," saidNewton. "It is truly an honor for BioGuard to partner with such a remarkableyoung lady and help her with her goals of raising awareness about CF andfunding local CF care centers."
Additional sponsors of BioGuard Splash for CF include Children's MiracleNetwork, The Boomer Esiason Foundation and First Commercial Bank.
About Laps for CF Foundation
Laps for CF Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raisingawareness of cystic fibrosis and providing financial support in all areas ofneed for CF research, treatment, care and improved quality of life. For moreinformation, visit www.lapsforcf.org .
Based in Lawrenceville, Ga., BioLab, A Chemtura Company, supplies watertreatment products for recreational and industrial applications on a globalbasis and specialty household consumer products in the U.S. BioGuard is aBioLab brand recognized as one of the nation's premier suppliers of pool andspa products. BioLab is part of the Chemtura family, following the merger offormer parent company Great Lakes Chemical Corporation and CromptonCorporation. Chemtura specializes in performance chemi