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Our Mission

The mission of the Stanley Richard Foundation is to enhance the quality of life and empower those affected by Cystic Fibrosis, through generating compelling awareness, hope and financial support for research & treatment to cure CF.

About Our Foundation

The original ‘I Love Stanley’ website was officially launched in 2004 to generate the awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, for Stanley and the 30,000 others suffering with CF. For the past 17 years, the Zolek family & their friends have tirelessly been working towards giving Stanley, and others effected with CF, the opportunity to a better quality of life and ultimately a cure for CF!

Immediately following Stanley’s birth, the Zolek family chaired the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides walk for the NYC area. After revamping the walk program and moving the location to downtown NYC, the family Chaired the program for 5 years then became the Family Ambassador of the Greater NY Great Strides walk program for the next few years. A massive amount of awareness was generated for the program through billboards in Times Square, wild posting’s throughout the city and appearances with CBS on Good Morning America. Stanley has been the poster child over the course of 15 years and has appeared in multiple PSA’s with Lonnie Quinn and Boomer Esiason.

In 2018, the Stanley Richard Foundation was officially launched to further enhance the quality of life and empower those affected by Cystic Fibrosis. A year later, Stanley was one of the first young adults fortunate to participate in the Vertex clinical trial, known today as Trikafta, which has proved to be a game-changer for him since his first dose. Stanley is currently still participating in the post phase of this groundbreaking clinical study.

Stanley and his family have been a source of hope and connection for many families throughout the nation and have personally raised over $1.2 million dollars for Cystic Fibrosis through their awareness campaigns, advocacy efforts and their Breathe White for Cystic Fibrosis gala and the CFF Great Strides walk program.

The Stanley Richard Foundation is overly grateful for the advancements in the medical community and the support of CF family & friends, doctors, as well as CBS and Renaissance the Studio.

Meet Stanley

Stanley has grown into a healthy young adult from birth to his current age of 17, thanks to the support received from family & friends, and the breaking CF drug advancements (Trikafta). A cure is now within reach due to the advancement of research/medication on Trikafta!

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