10th Annual Cars & ‘Q For the Cause

Two-year-old Finn Wood’s favorite pastimes are the playgrounds at Jones Bridge Park and in the Medlock Bridge subdivision where he lives with parents, Jenn and Joseph, and grandparents Bill and Debby Wood.  His infectious joy for life combined with his love for toy cars and trucks makes him the perfect ambassador for Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, a family-friendly car show and party hosted by Choate Construction in support of the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis  Foundation (CFF) on Saturday, May 4.

Watching this busy, bright-eyed boy, you’d never guess that his most recent milestone is naming over seven medications and understanding when he needs them throughout his day.  Taking ownership of his health will be vital someday.   Finn was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder affecting about 30,000 in the U.S.   To thrive, his daily regimen includes medicines, vitamins, inhalers, nebulizer treatments, and a vest used twice a day to shake mucus out of his lungs.

Despite these rigorous treatments, his mother Jenn finds time to squeeze favorite activities into his day including trips to the Forum, Avalon and Sunday services at Perimeter Church where his father Joseph works.   Also topping the Woods list is fundraising for CFF and sharing Finn’s story.

Since discovering the defective gene 30 years ago, scientists have made giant steps to cure cystic fibrosis. The greatest warrior in the fight is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), that has funded research and drug discovery including a new medication called Orkambi that Finn takes daily to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis.  The CFF is also backing two promising drugs in Phase 3 clinical trials that have the potential to help 90 percent of the CF population by the end of this year.