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Dopey To Cure CF

Created by Matthew Bowman

Matthew Bowman

You may wonder why I’m Dopey to Cure CF... it’s quite simple... CF is an awful disease that affects some really amazing people. I have been working with people who have CF for 8 years now. I have learned so much and it truly has become my passion to help make their lives better through exercise. To me, there is no bigger exercise event than... the runDisney Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World.

This event happens over the course of 4 days: a 5k run Thursday, a 10k run Friday, a 1/2 marathon Saturday, and a full marathon Sunday: 48.6 miles in 4 days... and most people would consider that, well, Dopey for even trying.

It’s time for me to give back, so I started researching various charities related to CF that might be linked to runDisney. There are several exercise fundraisers out there, but none were able to combine these two passions, so with the help of the CNY CFF, I made my own!

I am committed to helping find a cure for cystic fibrosis and am raising funds to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Contributions to my personal fundraising page go to the Annual Fund which provide important, unrestricted resources that help develop new treatments and pursue every opportunity for promising research that can lead to a cure. Please consider making a gift today. Your support will help make a difference for all those with CF and their families.

The event is in January 2020, and I am already beginning to train. It’s a monumental task but I’m up for the challenge. None of these proceeds go to me or runDisney; every penny goes to the CFF. During the races, I will be wearing different CF related running gear, promoting different exercise related foundations, like the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation, Outrun CF, Rock CF, and the Boomer Esiason Foundation. I have worn my Outrun CF shirt to all 1/2 marathons I have done, and at the Star Wars half, a young woman from Rochester, NY came up to me and said “I have CF! I love your shirt!” And I said that I love that she’s running these races, after all #exerciseismedicine.

I will be updating this page, Facebook and Twitter throughout my training. Every 2 weeks, we run a larger distance, or speed, or time. Looks for my updates as I move closer to the goal.

I’m asking that you give what you can: $0.25/mile, $0.50/mile, $1.00/mile, No amount is too small.

Thank you for looking at this page: it just spread awareness about cystic fibrosis. For more information about CF, you can contact me or please visit Together, we can make CF stand for “Cure Found”.


Complete my proof of time race in the inaugural Fingerlakes Half Marathon with my wife.


Furthest distance in years! It may be slow, but I did it. Making progress toward this goal...

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Recent Donations

1. SNSusan And Larry Newman
2. BTBetsy Talarico
GO Matt, GO!!! You can do it!! So thankful you are doing this!
3. Matthew Bowman
From Pete stojanofski and Chuck Schweitzer
4. MNMatt Nippins
I hear Dole whips are great for recovery!
5. LGLisa Green
Thanks Matt. Good luck!
6. KWKerry Walsh
7. CNCindy Nappa
Go Matt, you got this, thanks for helping to keep our CF fighters fit!
8. TTeam Tess
Thanks Matt !!! You have been so helpful with Tess’s CF care!!!!
9. JLJanice Lazarski
Good luck Matt, stay strong!
10. RNRichard Newman
Go for it Matt. David Minde would be proud of what you are doing.
11. ?Anonymous
Way to go, Matt!
12. KSKaren Schweitzer
Good Luck Matt!
13. MMMaureen Mancuso
Good luck Matt!!
14. ?Anonymous
Good luck in you race and we’re so excited to support your passion for an amazing cause!
15. ECEmily Costello
Good luck Matt!
16. ASAdam Strizak
Happy running 🏃
17. EBElizabeth Bowman
I know you are committed to doing this for CF Bud. And We are very very proud❤️
18. KCKim Chilcott
19. AMAmy Murinka
Good luck Bowman!! You’ve got this!
20. MRMartha Russell
Great cause Matt. In memory of David Minde.
21. ?Anonymous
22. ESErin Solack
23. ANAnn Newman
24. SMShannon Mullen
Good Luck with your race Matt & all for a great cause! :)
25. FFellow Dopey!
Wish it could be more! Just one Dopey supporting another :-)
26. AGAngela Gitner
Way to go Matt! Best of luck.
27. Matthew Bowman