Beckett’s Buddies was started in 2009 by two teenage sisters with a mission. Maddie and Kenzie Ludes were looking to create a club at their high school, but wanted it to be more than just a social club; it had to have a purpose. When they heard about the diagnosis of their neighbor’s nearly two-year-old son Beckett, they knew they had to take action. They also knew that they had found a cause their club could proudly stand behind.
Within days of hearing from Amy Williams, their neighbor and Beckett’s mother, about her son’s diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, the sisters sprang into action and formed Beckett’s Buddies, explaining the genetic disease to their club members and fellow students and spreading awareness throughout the community.
Now in its second year and 30 students strong, Beckett’s Buddies are gearing up for this Saturday, May 21st, when Huntington Beach hosts the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides event. Last year, the team raised about $28,000, and for this year their total already stands at over $35,000.
Amy Williams is not only touched by the Ludes’ and other students’ efforts, she also knows that the money will go to help research that has, indeed, made great strides over the past 50 years. “The average life expectancy is up from four years old to 37 years old,” Williams says. “So the money raised is really making a difference to those living with cystic fibrosis.”
To a mother, those numbers are crucial, and the Foundation’s supporters will be walking the five-kilometer course next Saturday to raise over $400,000 for further research to increase that average life expectancy. Sponsors of the event include large corporations such as Coca-Cola and the DISH Network, plus local companies, such as Ruby’s Restaurants, Volcom, BJ’s Pizza, Beach Pit BBQ and CPI Resources, who donated the signs to mark the walk-a-thon course.
“We are happy to help Beckett’s Buddies and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise funds and awareness about their important cause,” says Patrick Shedarowich, Sales Executive at CPI Resources. “We’re very proud of what Beckett’s Buddies have accomplished so far.”
For more information on Amy Williams, her son Beckett and Beckett’s Buddies, watch her video at http://vimeo.com/23343247. For more information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit their website http://www.cff.org. To join Beckett’s Buddies and register for the walk on May 21st at 8:30am, visit http://www.cff.org/great_strides/AmyWilliams6601.