Why Do We Host a Meet for Cystic Fibrosis?

The College Park Tumbleweeds Gymnastics program has existed since 1972.  As the former Gymnastics Coordinator of this program, I have seen how gymnastic meets for a cause have become a fantastic way for the gymnastics world to impact and help specific causes.

When my nephew, Joshua Smith, was born he was diagnosed with this genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). That was the day the learning curve began for our family regarding Cystic Fibrosis and the impact it would have on Joshua’s life.

Kristen Maxwell Smith, my sister and Joshua’s mother, was involved in the Tumbleweed Gymnastics program along with me as a competitive gymnast. A couple of years ago we discussed how great it would be to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis by hosting a gymnastics meet.

Our goal is not only to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis but also to help raise funds in finding a cure!  We have therefore partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to host the 65 Roses Invitational for Cystic Fibrosis.

I have seen firsthand what the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has done to help and support a cure for the future.  By competing in the 65 Roses Invitational for Cystic Fibrosis, you can make a difference in helping to reach and meet the goal for a cure.   Thank you in advance for your support!

Learn more about Josh and his life with Cystic Fibrosis

Michelle Johnson
Director of Recreation & Cultural Arts
City of College Park