BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College women's soccer program participated in the ninth annual CF Climb at One International Place in Boston back on October 6. The Beavers were involved in the event, which benefits the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for the seventh year in a row.
The CF Climb is a challenging and unique fitness event where participants climb either the flights of stairs in a tall building or around stadiums in a test of endurance and time. Whether climbing to improve timing or to simply cross the finish line, this event is a great way to spend the day with co-workers, friends or family while "Adding Tomorrows" for people with cystic fibrosis. At the end of the climb, participants celebrate at the survival party with food and entertainment.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation takes on special meaning for the program as former assistant coach Meredith Carey's daughter Claire was diagnosed with the disease at two weeks old. She's now seven years old and continues to fight the life-shortening disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.
Carey, who is in her third season as the head coach at Wentworth, was unable to participate this season with her team playing at Amherst, but her daughter Claire joined Babson head coach Nellie Pineault and assistant coach Jessica DiPhilippo '15 in participating in the 46-floor and 900-plus step climb, while the team assisted as greeters, with registration, at water stations, and as a cheering section to start and finish the race.
"The team brought a lot of energy and sprit to the event by volunteering in many capacities," commented Pineault. "There is ground-breaking progress with the treatments, resources, and research around Cystic Fibrosis, especially in recent years. The work that we do contributes to this important cause with the ultimate goal for finding a cure."
The CF Climb is held at one of Boston's tallest buildings, as participants form their own teams or test their endurance as individuals by racing to the top. The fundraising minimum to participate in the climb is $200. Prizes are awarded for the fastest times in several categories.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. They fund more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today is made possible because of Foundation support.