April 15, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama swimming and diving team and Emily Schreiber will host the Crimson Tide's fifth annual Laps for CF event this Friday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alabama Aquatic Center.
Schreiber, the founder and driving force behind Laps for CF, along with UA head coach Eric McIlquham and his athletes, are all part of the event which raises money and awareness in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
"We are so excited to come back to the University of Alabama for the fifth annual Laps for CF event," Schreiber said. "I am so appreciative to Coach Eric and the entire swimming and diving team for the support they have given me over the years. The money raised through the event and from the PanHellenic Association helps to make a tremendous impact in the lives of Alabama's CF patients."
"I am looking forward to Friday, and I hope everyone in the area will make plans to stop by the Aquatics Center to kick off your A-Day weekend."
Laps for CF started when Schreiber began swimming laps to fight cystic fibrosis. Each year Schreiber pledges to swim 100 laps to support the fight against cystic fibrosis. This year, Tuscaloosa native Emma Kate Johnson will be representing CF patients at the event and will be swimming Emily's first lap. Johnson, who is nine years old and in the third grade, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a young child.
"Every year this event just gets a little bigger and we're very honored and excited to be a part of it the last five years," McIlquham said. "We're inviting everyone to come by the Aquatic Center and be a part of it and help get the weekend off to a great start. This is definitely one of the highlights of our year."
The event will feature exhibitions by the Crimson Tide swimmers and divers, music, great food and raffles as well as the start of a 100-lap swim-a-thon which raises money for Laps for CF. The event is free for anyone who wishes to attend and is sponsored by UA's PanHellenic Association.
Since Schreiber began raising money to fight cystic fibrosis in 2003, Laps for CF has raised over $1.8 million to support cystic fibrosis treatment, research and care. The money raised has helped to greatly improve the CF Care Center at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, where cystic fibrosis patients throughout the state go.