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Ella Thomas
A rising senior at the University of Virginia, Ella is no stranger to Starry Night. In 2015 Ella was the event's keynote speaker. Ella and her family are consistently a top fundraising team for the Richmond Great Strides Walk.
 







Will Cathcart
Will is also a Starry Night alumni, serving as the event speaker in 2009. Married and living in Tbilsi, Georgia, Will is a published journalist reporting from around the world.
 









H. Joel Schmidt, MD
PROFESSOR | DIRECTOR, PEDIATRIC CYSTIC FIBROSIS PROGRAM

Dr. Schmidt joined the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU in 2006, where he serves as the CF Care Center's Pediatric Program Director and since 2014, as a member of the MCV Physicians Board of Directors. Dr. Schmidt is a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chapter of the CF Foundation and has been named one of Richmond's "Top Docs" in pediatric pulmonology by Richmond Magazine yearly since 2012. He is married and has three adult children and two grandchildren.
 

Michael S Schechter, MD, MPH
PROFESSOR AND CHIEF - PULMONARY MEDICINE, DIRECTOR - CYSTIC FIBROSIS CENTER, DIRECTOR - UCAN COMMUNITY ASTHMA PROGRAM

Dr. Schechter is professor and chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, director of the VCU Cystic Fibrosis Center and director of the UCAN (yoU CAN Control Asthma Now) community asthma program. As a pulmonologist, he has a special clinical interest in cystic fibrosis and other causes of childhood bronchiectasis and in the treatment of asthma. He also has extensive experience in bronchoscopy and in the care of children with respiratory complications of systemic diseases such as sickle cell disease and neuromuscular disorders.
 
BID FOR A CURE

In its 28-year history, Starry Night guests, sponsors and Bid for a Cure donors have helped raise nearly $5 million to support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In 2021, the CF Foundation is celebrating over 65 years of progress in the fight against CF. Our goal is for every person with CF to have a treatment that the addresses the underlying cause of their disease – and, one day, a cure.

Please help us today and make a 100% tax-deductible Bid for a Cure donation so that CF will one day stand for Cure Found.

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has unrestricted financial reserves of about 12 times its budgeted 2021 expenses. These reserves are a result of the Foundation’s successful venture philanthropy model, through which we have raised and invested hundreds of millions of dollars to help discover and develop breakthrough CF therapies. With this model, we have received and may receive milestone-based payments, equity interests, royalties on the net sales of therapies, and/or other forms of consideration. These funds and any future revenue from our model are reinvested into the CF Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives. To obtain a copy of our latest Annual Report, visit https://www.cff.org/About-Us/Reports-and-Financials/, email info@cff.org or call 1-800-FIGHT-CF.