Run the Race and Persevere until There’s a Cure
More than 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. live with Cystic Fibrosis and about half of all Cystic Fibrosis patients in the U.S. are under the age of 18. Team Eleck Foundation helps patients and families improve their quality of life through financial support, scholarships, research efforts and the Make A Wish Foundation.
Team Eleck Foundation was established after at the age of six, Eleck Stone was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. A young ranch kid from Capitan, New Mexico, Eleck and his family have devoted this foundation to helping other families like theirs run the marathon race of life with Cystic Fibrosis while at the same time persevering to find the cure.
Join Team Eleck as a part of our annual Team Eleck Color Run and Walk held each year in Fort Stanton, New Mexico in July.
Team Eleck Color Run
Help find a cure! Be a part of this year’s race in Fort Stanton, New Mexico. Runners and walkers of all ages and athlete levels are welcome.
Learn the story of our Foundation’s namesake — a young boy determined not to let Cystic Fibrosis slow him down!
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Learn more about this genetic disease and our mission to find a cure.
The Team Eleck Foundation was developed to create a presence that leads to a better understanding of Cystic Fibrosis and increased quality of life for Cystic Fibrosis patients and families. We believe in giving a voice to the families who struggle with this disease and are committed to running the race until we find a cure.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. People born with Cystic Fibrosis have a defective gene that 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.
Treating Cystic Fibrosis requires a variety of complex treatment therapies designed to target problems in different areas of the body. Since the disease symptoms are different for each person, no treatment plan is the same. Each day a Cystic Fibrosis patient will often do airway clearance to rid their lungs of the thick mucus, take inhaled medicines as well as pancreatic medications to fight infections and aid in the absorption of nutrients from food. Cystic Fibrosis patients work to create an active lifestyle to prevent against malnutrition, illness and other disease complications.
At six years old, Eleck, the son of Kimberly and Troy Stone was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Now 11, Eleck has not let his health battles slow his energy or zeal for life. When hospital stays and treatments get tough, Eleck reminds others that his pain is only temporary and that someday he’ll live in an eternal home with God and without Cystic Fibrosis. A naturally gifted athlete Eleck enjoys playing football, baseball and basketball. He can often be found on the Stone family ranch working with his 4-H show steer and preparing for speeches about Cystic Fibrosis. It’s Eleck’s constant positive outlook, strong faith in God, vision for a world without Cystic Fibrosis and willingness to not let his challenges slow him down that is the inspiration for this foundation.