Cystic Fibrosis Foundation accepting nominations for Milwaukee’s Finest campaign

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Wisconsin Chapter is accepting nominations and applications for its second annual Milwaukee’s Finest Campaign, which recognizes proactive young professionals throughout Milwaukee who strive to be leaders and make a difference.

The campaign builds on the foundation’s mission of spreading awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and raising funds to support research for a cure to the chronic lung disease, which causes mucus to accumulate in the lungs and digestive tract among other areas in the body.

Young professionals selected to be a part of the campaign will demonstrate both individual leadership and dedication to civic events and activities, according to Stew Brase, director of Midwest Area Business Development at Ernst & Young and the campaign’s corporate recruitment chair.

“What we’re looking for are individuals who are certainly recognized for their own individual work ethic and respective contributions to their companies but also have demonstrated an interest…and history of involvement with community-oriented events, fundraising events for other groups as well as those that may actually have a family member or relative who’s been afflicted with cystic fibrosis,” Brase said.

The CFF committee selects honorees from the submitted nominees and applicants who are then given a fundraising packet and are challenged to raise a minimum of $2,500 for Cystic Fibrosis over 10 weeks.

To fundraise, honorees can host events or accept donations from family members, friends and the community.

In support of their fundraising efforts, honorees are also paired up with families of children affected by Cystic Fibrosis to put a face to the disease.

The honoree who raises the most money for the cause will be recognized with the “Breath of Life” award at the campaign’s conclusion in May.

The campaign will launch with a kick-off event still being organized. Nominations and applications will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 15. Employers, coworkers, friends, family members and community members can nominate young professionals they feel exhibit excellence in both leadership and civic responsibilities. Individuals can also apply, themselves.   

Nomination and application forms are accessible at and, once completed, can be e-mailed to Julie Brzostowicz, development manager at the Wisconsin Chapter of CFF, at

For more information about the CFF and the Milwaukee’s Finest campaign, visit

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