Our Cause


Nelson and Kelley have supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for several years through the Kadyn’s Krew local team.

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

When Kadyn Carroll was diagnosed, her parents, Ryan and Katie, knew little about the disease. They quickly learned Cystic Fibrosis is a lifelong and progressive genetic disease to which there is no cure. Kadyn was a born fighter and has been in the hospital numerous times in her short life. The family started sharing Kadyn’s story with family, friends, and eventually social media. Through sharing her experiences and hearing how many people wanted to do something to help, Kadyn’s Krew was formed.

Kadyn’s Krew is an incredible group of people who have supported/prayed for/loved Kadyn. They raise awareness for CF, participate in The Great Strides Walk, held or participated in fundraisers, go above and beyond in many ways to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Since Kadyn was diagnosed in 2009, Kadyn’s Krew has raised over $320,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). Funding more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support.

To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation visit: www.cff.org. Follow Kadyn’s Krew on Facebook and Instagram for more frequent updates: https://www.facebook.com/kadyns.krew and @kadynskrew.

Nelson and Kelley are proud to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the Sunflower Festival.