Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Honors Mike Thompson at Annual Breath of Life Gala Which Raised Over $250,000 for the Cause
San Francisco, CA (November 22, 2013) – As one of two honorees for the Northern Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Mike Thompson, President and CEO of Groupware Technology delivered a heartfelt speech to supporters for the cure. The Breath of Life Gala was held at the Four Seasons in San Francisco in early November. Through the generous efforts of those attending the gala nearly $250,000 were raised for the effort to find a cure.
As one of two 2013 Gala Honorees, Mike helped built support and awareness for the fundraiser event, attended by over 250 people. Mike garnered sponsorships and commitments from his personal and professional networks. The Gala is one of the largest fundraising events for the Northern California Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).
Mike Thompson’s presentation began with a warm introduction from friend and colleague, Steve Cance, Vice President Strategic Accounts Oracle and followed with a video entitled “The Heart of a Champion”. The video concluded by invoking the words of former Houston Rockets basketball coach Rudy Tomjanovich. When many believed his team would not repeat as NBA Champions, after winning the championship the coach stated, “… to all you non-believers, never underestimate the heart of a champion.”
In Mike’s speech he spoke of the power of giving and how, through the efforts of all those attending the gala we are seeing more and more tomorrows for CF patients. Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening genetic disease affecting the lungs, digestive system, and other organs of 70,000 children and young adults around the world. In 1955, children with CF didn’t live to see kindergarten. Today, funds raised through the Foundation help people with the disease live well into their thirties, forties and beyond. Addressing the advances in technology, and in particular, information technology, Mike emphasized how much “IT Matters” (Information Technology) in expediting the development of drugs for CF and other life threatening diseases.
At each table setting Chairperson, Renee Thompson had the CF team place a custom pin of a heart with CF Champion inside the heart as a memento for each guest. The pins were attached to a custom printed collage of children with CF as a reminder of how their efforts and generosity were adding more tomorrows to those with disease. Mike Thompson thanked those whose generosity supports the effort to find a cure and how “the gift is in the giving”. In his closing remarks he drew upon legendary coach John Wooden who stated, ” You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”