Every driver puts their own spin on their Lyft ride, and Julieann is using hers as a driving force to spread awareness about a charity close to her heart. “My daughter Kathlyn was diagnosed with Cystic Fribrosis at three months old,” she explained. “The idea for Cupcakes For a Cure came from her and her desire to raise money for research, so CF could stand for Cure Found!”
Lyft: What is cystic fibrosis?
Julieann C.: The short answer: Cystic fibrosis is a disease passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults. It is a life-threatening disorder and is fatal, But with research many are living longer.
L: Why did you decide to incorporate Cupcakes for a Cure into your Lyft?
JC: When I told my daughter about Lyft she wanted to be a part of such a cool movement, but she isn't old enough to drive yet. I told her that I was going to be a driver and her instant reply was, “Mom, they have SweetLyft. How about we do CupcakeLyft?” In that moment, Cupcake for a Cure Charity Lyft was born.
L: How does Cupcakes For a Cure work?
JC: The passenger is welcomed with a fistbump and a cupcake that’s placed in a little box which has the CF website on it, so if they choose to, they can donate directly. Also, a portion of the donations that I raise from Lytf is donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Star Chapter here in Texas.
L: What other ways do you support the cause to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis?
JC: We raise donations year-round for walks. San Antonio has one of the best annual walks exclusively for Cystic Fibrosis; we hold a tower climb. This is when the Tower of Americas opens up, and we climb the stairs — all 952 steps — to the top of the Tower. It's amazing!
L: What do you do when you’re not in driver mode?
JC: When I am not Lyfting my daughter and I can be found many weekends at conventions spreading the love of cupcakes and raising awareness. We also volunteer as much as possible. We even helped build a Wounded Warriors house here in Texas.
L: What do you hope happens with Cupcakes for a Cure Charity Lyft?
JC: Our hope is that Cupcakes for a Cure Charity Lyft will help raise awareness to a disease that is as of now not widely known. We hope that the rides will be plentiful and the donations will help all those that have and will be diagnosed in the future. Someday, CF will stand for Cure Found.
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