FARGO, N.D.-- You'd expect an off-season regimen for sophomore-to-be volleyball standout Faith Dooley to include plenty of sprinting and leaping, but it was a walk that was at the top of her priority list Thursday. Dooley participated in the Great Strides Cystic Fiobrosis Foundation walk in Fargo, N.D., in support of a long-time friend and fan.
Dooley formed a relationship with the daughter of her elementary physical education teacher and later high school volleyball coach, Chris Hahn, during her time at Central Cass High School. Dooley got to know young Logan Hahn while volunteering during lunch hours with the elementary kids. But, it was during a pre-match speech before a championship volleyball match in Dooley's sophomore season that six-year-old Logan grabbed the attention of Dooley.
"She came to talk to us before we left that night to play," Dooley recalls. "She spoke about how that night may be one of the most exciting things we will get to do in our lives and that no matter what happened it would be about the experience, not the outcome. I became a fan of her during this moment. She is a very strong girl that loves life and sparkles when you talk to her. She is always positive!"
Thursday, Dooley joined with the Logan's Heroes team to take the 3-mile trek around Oak Park in Fargo to help raise awareness for CF. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. Walks are held at nearly 600 locations nationwide, providing a fantastic opportunity for family, friends, students, co-workers and colleagues to come together in support of a worthy cause.
According to the CFF.org website, teams and individuals partnered to raise nearly $25,000 to the cause.
"Logan has been through way more than I have and she has accomplished so much," Dooley said. "In the Fall of 2014, she was the representative of the CFA of North Dakota. I am so proud of Logan and I will always be there to support her. I'm so excited I got the chance to walk with her."