About Steps for Shep
Shepard Jackson Irving was born on October 12th, 2011. In March of 2012 at the age of 5 months, Shep acquired an intestinal blockage that led to surgery to remove the blockage. As a result of this surgery, a diagnosis of CF was suggested. Follow up tests did in fact confirm a positive diagnosis of CF.
CF creates a daily battle to fight bacteria that can lead to lung infections as well as digestive challenges. The thick mucus buildup in the lungs of those with CF creates an environment for bacteria to attach and grow. Daily therapies including percussion chest therapy, as well as a large pill regiment is never ending.
Steps for Shep will continue to raise money and awareness in efforts to fund research at the CF Foundation, as well as assist CF patients with daily struggles associated with this disease.
The purpose of this foundation is to create awareness and raise funds to support the cystic fibrosis foundation and those affected by CF. SFS conducts various fundraising events throughout the year. These events appeal to many different groups of people. By having a wide variety of participants, we feel that we cover a larger range of people in an effort to create awareness and maximize our fundraising.
Board of Directors
- Ryan Irving — Executive Director
- Whitney Irving — Assistant Director & Secretary
- Barbara West — Advisor
- Bobby West — Treasurer
- Paige Smith — Advisor
Ryan & Whitney Irving — Ryan servers as the Executive Director and Whitney serves as the Assistant Director & Secretary.