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2018 LCS SHOW SHIRTS AVAILABLE

Did you miss out on getting your 2018 London Cobra Show souvenir shirt? If so, or if another member of your family would like to have one, then here is your chance to purchase a 2018 LCS show shirt. 

Your cost is $20.00 per shirt, shipped free of charge via USPS.

To order, please forward the following: 

1) Name

2) Mailing address,

3)    Phone number,

4) Number of shirts you desire, 

5) Shirt sizes and 

6) Check made out to the Ohio Cobra Club for the correct amount. 

Note: Available sizes are S, M, L, XL, 2XL AND 3XL.

Please mail your order to the following address:

Ohio Cobra Club 

PO Box 340498

Columbus, OH 43234

Thanks for your order and please allow 2 weeks for shipment.




Did you miss out on getting your 2018 London Cobra Show souvenir shirt? If so, or if another member of your family would like to have one, then here is your chance to purchase a 2018 LCS show shirt.

Announcing the winner of our 2018 London Cobra Show raffle car

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 London Cobra Show raffle car is Larry K. of near London, OH. 

Larry took title to the Backdraft Cobra replica Wednesday evening. He said he had purchased an LCS tee-shirt at our Ohio Cobra Club booth, then went on down Main Street and let his 13-year-old granddaughter take 4 Cobra charity rides. While waiting for her to take her rides he purchased a single raffle ticket. As his granddaughter, Lexi stated: “My grandpa – he is so lucky.”

Our 2018 London Cobra Show and Raffle was another huge success, as we donated $104,500.00 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, again designated for research into finding new medicines that fight CF. 

Over the years $1,333,000.00 has been donated for CF research. 


We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 London Cobra Show raffle car is Larry K. of near London, OH.

HOW YOU LET ME LIVE

If you would like to see how your raffle ticket purchases are helping, please watch the talk that Emily gave on Friday evening of the 2017 London Cobra Show. To watch the youtube.com video, cut and paste this address into your browser - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ijZzwFssew

Emily is the young lady that usually pulls the winning raffle ticket each year.

Thanks to Kalydeco and specialized care, Emily is now a cystic fibrosis survivor. She is currently an Early Childhood Education major at the University of Dayton (OH) and also cheers for UD’s football and basketball teams.  

Your raffle ticket purchases have in part, helped the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation itself fund the development of 3 medicines, Kalydeco, Orkambi, and the recently approved Symdeko.


If you would like to see how your raffle ticket purchases are helping, please watch the talk that Emily gave on Friday evening of the 2017 London Cobra Show. To watch the youtube.com video, cut and paste this address into your browser - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ijZzwFssew

a war inside my body

ALLI’S STORY… 

My name is Alli Hile and I have a twin sister named Abbi. I am 17 years old and I have Cystic Fibrosis. Abbi does not. Thank you for what you are doing to raise money for this disease. I would like to tell you about my life with CF. When we were born we appeared to be very healthy babies. But, when Abbi and I were about 15 hours old, I started to have some trouble. I was moved to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and received emergency surgery. I was diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome and ultimately Cystic Fibrosis. I spent 116 days in the hospital – that time.

In the spring of 2008, my lung infections became worse and resulted in lung surgery to remove part of my right lung.  After that, I only had to go to checkups and a few sinus surgeries for the next 5 years.  I got sick AGAIN in the fall of 2013.  I was back in the hospital for 8 days to get IV antibiotics and lots of therapy. CF just gets worse as I get older. I’m a competitive dancer and I hate when I am not feeling well and must take it easy. I’ve worked really hard since I was 3 to be on the competition team, and lots of time CF gets in my way.  

 I have a war going on inside my body. As new symptoms appear, old ones become worse. My medicine shelf has become a medicine cabinet. I take approximately 40 pills a day, do chest therapy and breathing treatments 3 or 4 times a day and I have to eat 3,000 calories a day. It’s exhausting! I desperately just want to be a “normal” teenager. I used to ask my mom, when would my CF go away? I know now that it won’t.  

 In August of 2015, I took my first dose of ORKAMBI. This was when everything changed. After just a few months, I gained weight and started to finally look my age. But the real moment for me was realizing one day that it no longer felt like someone was standing on my chest. I had no idea that I wasn’t REALLY breathing like the rest of the world. ORKAMBI changed my life. I’ve only had couple minor infections since starting the drug and haven’t had a hospital admission in over 4 years. 

Today, I learned that I am a candidate for a new drug that is even more effective. I do not know what I would do without donors like the London Cobra Show or an organization like the CF Foundation. Thank you for making it possible for me to think about my future differently. CF is only going to be part of my story. 

 What’s next? Graduation, college, time with friends and of course…I’ll be dancing.  

Alli



My name is Alli Hile and I have a twin sister named Abbi. I am 17 years old and I have Cystic Fibrosis. Abbi does not. Thank you for what you are doing to raise money for this disease. I would like to tell you about my life with CF. When we were born we appeared to be very healthy babies. But, when Abbi and I were about 15 hours old, I started to have some trouble. I was moved to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and received emergency surgery. I was diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome and ultimately Cystic Fibrosis. I spent 116 days in the hospital – that time.

YOUR RAFFLE TICKET PURCHASES ARE HELPING!

We find ourselves at an incredibly exciting time in the CF community. We are moving the ball forward in any number of ways. Progress is happening. We are on the inexorable march toward a cure. 

 The most inspiring aspect of this progress is that I can feel it in my everyday life. Before introducing Orkambi -- a first of its kind drug that partially corrects the underlying causes of CF -- into my treatment routine, I would be sick every other month or so, meaning heavy-duty antibiotics, increased chest therapy, and symptoms normally associated with the flu (cough, fever, fatigue, etc.). In the four years post-Orkambi, I’ve been prescribed additional antibiotics only a handful of times, and my lung function has remained remarkably stable.

The following anecdote encapsulates this point. In 2016, I moved to Washington, D.C. from Columbus, OH for a new job (I'm back in Ohio now). One of my first tasks, obviously, was identifying a new doctor. So, I go to the Children’s Hospital in northwest Washington, and the doctor performs his examination and runs all of the various tests. At the conclusion, he stops, looks at me, and matter-of-factly states, “Mr. Hennessey, you’re really quite healthy.” 

And that’s the bottom line here, right? I’m quite healthy. It speaks to the promise of Orkambi and other drugs like it—that they can deliver genuine results that tangibly improve my quality of life. And, God willing, Orkambi is only the first rung of the ladder to an ultimate cure. Onward.

Matt Hennessey

NOTE: The London Cobra Show is a proud supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its research into finding a cure for CF. Cystic fibrosis affects some 30,000 individuals out of more than 300 million Americans. 

When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955 people born with cystic fibrosis had a bleak future and often did not live long enough to start kindergarten. Due to the foundation's encouragement and funding of pharmaceutical companies to invest in CF-specific research, the CF medicines Kalydeco, Orkambi or Symdeko have been developed. Today, due to the advancement in these medicines, treatment, and care, more than half of the people with CF are 18 or older, attend college, getting married, and starting families.

The London Cobra Show’s donations are always donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and designated for research. The show's past donations have aided the Foundation in developing Kalydeco, Orkambi, and Symdeko.

THANK YOU - YOUR SUPPORT WILL DIRECTLY HELP THOSE LIVING WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS.



We find ourselves at an incredibly exciting time in the CF community. We are moving the ball forward in any number of ways. Progress is happening. We are on the inexorable march toward a cure.

breaking NEWS - FDA APPROVES NEW MEDICINE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

This is exciting news  - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday, February 12, 2018, approved a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF). This new medicine will be available under the brand name Symdeko. 

The approval of Symdeko now offers more individuals that suffer from cystic fibrosis an important new treatment option and is a significant milestone in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s research to find a treatment for every person with CF. All three cystic fibrosis medicines, Kalydeco, Orkambi and now Symdeko, address the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, rather than just symptoms. 

Everyone that has purchased raffle tickets or participated in any of our London Cobra Shows should take personal pride in the dramatic health improvement of those individuals that are now being helped by these three CF medicines. 

Our 2018 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation again will be designated for research into developing additional medicines for CF. Approximately 60% of the individuals that have CF may now benefit from Kalydeco, Orkambi or Symdeko. Hopefully one day soon, other medicines will be developed that allow everyone with CF to say - “I used to have CF.” 

Thank you for your raffle ticket purchases and helping to make a difference and bringing hope to all people living with cystic fibrosis. 

Please purchase your 2018 raffle tickets and maybe this year's LCS donation will help pay for the research needed to cover the remaining 40% of individuals that suffer from CF.

For additional information on cystic fibrosis, please go to cff.org


This is exciting news - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday, February 12, 2018, approved a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF). This new medicine will be available under the brand name Symdeko.

Another Success Story On How Your Raffle Ticket Purchases Are Helping!

A little over two years ago Orkambi, the CF wonder-drug we’ve all heard so much about, was released into the open market. I started taking the medication not too long after the fact, and its effect on me has been nothing short of staggering. 

Prior to Orkambi my own health was constantly in flux. My teenage years were pockmarked with many long and difficult hospitalizations, and I struggled as my own lung function and well-being slowly declined. Life before Orkambi was defined by a horrible, omnipresent fear of my next hospitalization. It’s hard to imagine living a normal life when you’re saddled with that kind of fear, but thankfully I had an incredible support system to get me through those tough times. My parents, Karen and Daren, supported me in all aspects of life, whether it was getting me through long weeks in the hospital, helping me organize homework drop-offs with my school, or just trusting me to take charge of my own health. 

When I went on Orkambi two years ago I wasn’t prepared for what was about to happen. The medication provided a shocking amount of relief. I went from getting seriously sick every six months, like clockwork, to only getting mildly sick about once a year. Now, as I write this in January of 2018, it has been over three years since I was admitted to the hospital.

The fear that I had been saddled with for so long, that unnerving, always-present fear of going back into the hospital, it has since faded into the background. Orkambi didn’t miraculously fix every aspect of my life; I still catch a nasty cough every once and a while, and I still worry about my life going on pause to accommodate a hospital visit, but I now enjoy a peace of mind that I previously could never have dreamed of. 

I live an amazing life. I have a wonderful, beautiful fiancee that I will be marrying in May of this year, I have a career (something many with CF do not get to have), and I am surrounded by many wonderful friends and family who have helped me on this journey. 

The life I live is possible because organizations like the London Cobra Show continue to work tireless to fundraise and spread awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. Fundraising has an honest, real benefit to the people living with this disease, and I sincerely thank you for your time, effort, and money that has been spent on this wonderful cause.

Alec Marshall

A little over two years ago Orkambi, the CF wonder-drug we’ve all heard so much about, was released into the open market. I started taking the medication not too long after the fact, and its effect on me has been nothing short of staggering.

UPDATE ON JENNY SMITH

Jenny started her freshman year at St. Anslems College in Manchester New Hampshire. She hasn't decided on a major yet but is enjoying the first year of college tremendously. 

Jenny's health has taken a step backward as is common for many CF kids the first semester of college and away from their homecare routines.  Jen spent Christmas break in the hospital for some IV antibiotic therapy to try to knock down a nasty infection. She finished off the therapy at home as her mom is a registered nurse and able to do IV meds at home. Following the hospital stay, she gained some good points on her pulmonary function tests and returned to college for her second semester.

Jen was the lead in adopting our new family dog, a rescue dog from Mississippi named "Westley" aka. "Crusty dog". Jen's boyfriend Pat earned his rank of Eagle Scout and helps Jen with her meds and PT.

Jen looks forward to attending this years LCS and sends her love to all the Ohio Cobra Club volunteers who are so selfless in the work for CF

Dave Smith

NOTE: Picture is of Jenny during her recent hospital stay with her sisters Nicole and Maddie keeping her company. 


Jenny started her freshman year at St. Anslems College in Manchester New Hampshire. She hasn't decided on a major yet but is enjoying the first year of college tremendously. Jenny's health has taken a step backward as is common for many CF kids the first semester of college and away from their homecare routines. Jen spent Christmas break in the hospital for some IV antibiotic therapy to try to knock down a nasty infection.

MESSAGE FROM A PROUD FATHER OF TWINS WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS

Alyson and Andrea, 17-year-old twins who are living with cystic fibrosis, are committed to doing all they can to live longer and stronger lives.  They stay active exercising, playing soccer, and running 5K’s and Half-Marathons.  Just like Andrea and Alyson, there are approximately 30,000 people in the United States living with cystic fibrosis.

As a family, we realize that we cannot do what we do alone.  We rely upon a team of persons working both behind the scenes and out front to combat this disease.  The girl’s daily regiments consist of pills (more than 30 each), nutritional supplements, additional calories, 5 inhaled medications, 80 minutes on the Vest which provides vital air-way clearance, and rigorous huff-coughing – and that is all when they are healthy!  These are the daily steps that help to make their lives longer and stronger.  Their lung function continues to be maintained at near normal levels, and they continue to experience steady weight gain.  Their daily steps, the advances in medications and treatments like Orkambi, the constant vigilance from their physicians and care team, advocacy at both a state and federal level for adequate health insurance access and coverage, and the support of family and friends have been essential in adding tomorrows to Andrea and Alyson’s lives.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and many partners like the London Cobra Show are relentless in its pursuit to find a cure for this dreaded and life-limiting disease.  Our family has been active with the foundation ever since the girls were diagnosed 17 years ago.  Dad continues to serve as a volunteer with the local CF chapter and Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Clinic and is a constant advocate in Washington D.C., as well as and at the statehouse for those living with cystic fibrosis.  Alyson and Andrea joined the advocacy efforts this past year and were successful in helping to maintain their state-level coverage, BCMH.

Many folks ask what they can do to make a difference.  As a family, we assure you that your past raffle ticket purchases have made a difference and your 2018 raffle ticket purchases will continue to make a difference.  Andrea and Alyson have been the recipients of cutting-edge medications and treatments and for that, we are eternally grateful.  We invite your continued support by making your 2018 London Cobra Show raffle ticket purchase today!  Thank you in advance!

David Hoffman A proud and thankful father

NOTE: Raising a child with cystic fibrosis is scary because CF affects many aspects of a child’s life. Keeping a child healthy and fighting CF takes a team effort and the London Cobra Show is just a small part of that team.

The recently approved CF drugs Kalydeco and Orkambi work to treat the underlying cause of CF in a small percentage of people with CF.

Your purchases of raffle tickets for the London Cobra Show’s raffle allow our donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that are designated for ongoing research to find additional CF therapies that could help improve key symptoms of the disease by targeting the disease at its root.

THANK YOU - YOUR SUPPORT will MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO INDIVIDUALS WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS.

NOTE: To purchase your raffle tickets, please CLICK on the RAFFLE TICKET tab at the top of the page.

Alyson and Andrea, 17-year-old twins who are living with cystic fibrosis, are committed to doing all they can to live longer and stronger lives. They stay active exercising, playing soccer, and running 5K’s and Half-Marathons. Just like Andrea and Alyson, there are approximately 30,000 people in the United States living with cystic fibrosis.

UPDATE ON JENNY SMITH

Monday was my daughter Jenny's 19th birthday!

Many of you have been part of her journey and her fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

Jenny is almost done with her first semester at St. Anselm College and will be home for Christmas break. Her new medicine is working well, but unfortunately, she will have to spend a good part of her break in the hospital as her CF has taken a bit of a turn.

Jenny is a strong, independent young woman.

A father cannot be more proud of a daughter!

Happy Birthday, Jenny!!

Dad (Dave Smith)

Pic: Jenny with her adopted dog Westley a.k.a. Crusty Dog

Monday was my daughter Jenny's 19th birthday! Many of you have been part of her journey and her fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

lEARN WHY Cystic Fibrosis IS OUR charity of choice.

Seventeen years ago, when four Cobra loving friends held a picnic with some 20 or so of their Cobra loving friends, none of them could envision that it would turn into a full-fledged international annual Cobra Event and that over the following years 14 Cobra replicas would be raffled and $1,228,000.00 would be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 Early on, as the yearly event grew it became necessary to institute a charge sufficient to cover such things as food, entertainment, police escorts, and insurance to cover potential liability. It was decided that if any money was left over, they would donate it to a charity. Once it was mentioned that Dave Smith, owner of Factory Five Racing and a manufacturer of Cobra replicas, had a daughter Jenny suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, CF quickly became the charity of choice.

Cystic Fibrosis is what medical providers call an orphan disease, a disease that affects such a small percentage of the world’s population that pharmaceutical companies do not believe they could ever see a profit after spending the large amount of monies that it takes to develop medicines that fight CF. Currently, there are approximately 30,000 individuals in the United States that suffer from CF

Your past ticket purchases/donations have in part, helped the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation itself fund the development of 2 medicines, KALYDECO and ORKAMBI. KALYDECO benefits approximately 1,300 individuals that suffer from CF, while ORKAMBI helps an additional 8,500 or so. Neither drug is a cure but both dramatically improve the lives of those with CF, allowing for a longer, healthier life. 

The event, now known as the London Cobra Show, takes great pride in the dramatic improvement in the health of all children with cystic fibrosis-like Jenny. She is now doing well and is benefiting from ORKAMBI, a new CF medicine approved by the FDA in 2015. 

ORKAMBI, KALYDECO, and SYMDEKO are produced by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where Jenny recently toured their facility. Her older sister Nicole made the tour arrangements for her. Nicole having graduated from Babson College this past spring is now working in the finance department at Vertex in Boston, MA.

Jenny graduated this year from Barrington High School in Rhode Island and is attending Saint Anselms College in Manchester, NH where she is a freshman. Jenny spent the past summer working at Factory Five Racing, traveling to Michigan and hiking in Maine with her eagle-scout boyfriend.

CF is a very challenging disease to live with and everyone that has purchased raffle tickets or participated in any of our London Cobra Shows should take personal pride in the dramatic health improvement of those individuals like Jenny that are helped by the CF drugs. It is our hope that your 2018 raffle ticket purchases/donations help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation reach their goal of finding a cure for CF within our lifetime. 

NOTE: Kalydeco was FDA approved in 2012, Orkambi in 2015, and Symdeko was just recently approved in 2018.



Seventeen years ago, when four Cobra loving friends held a picnic with some 20 or so of their Cobra loving friends, none of them could envision that it would turn into a full-fledged international annual Cobra Event and that over the following years 14 Cobra replicas would be raffled and $1,228,000.00 would be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

2018 RAFFLE CAR 427 C. I. ENGINE

The engine for the 2018 raffle car was build and donated – free of charge – by Craft Performance Engines, Arkadelphia, AR 71023.

It is a small block Ford type, 427 cubic inch, Craft Performance engine with a Dart iron block, and a forged rotating assembly. It is equipped with a hydraulic roller cam and lifters, 10:1 compression ratio Craft Aluminum heads, Edelbrock Dual Plane Intake and a Quick Fuel Carburetor.

This engine was engine dyno tested and is rated at 510 horsepower and 555-pound-feet torque and comes with a 2 year or 24,000 mile warranty from Craft Performance Engines.

This is a very unique “one of a kind” engine, as it has both Craft Performance Engines and the Ohio Cobra Club logos engraved on the valve covers and air cleaner.

The engine for the 2018 raffle car was build and donated – free of charge – by Craft Performance Engines, Arkadelphia, AR 71023.

2017 LCS RAFFLE CAR DELIVERED

The winner of the London Cobra Shows raffle car was Mrs. Jackie S., of Montgomery, OH. Jackie took delivery of her Cobra on Sunday, July 9th. Jackie said that she had purchased a single ticket, with never a thought that she might win, just thinking she was helping a worthwhile charity. The happy Jackie is shown with her Cobra in the photograph.

 

Jackie’s husband, son and grandson were also very happy with her having the winning ticket. In fact, her grandson could not wait for his grandmother to take the first ride, as he rode in the Cobra as it was being backed out of the trailer.

 

This year, as a result of the raffle, we were able to donate $100,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As with past donations, this year's donation was designated for research into developing new medicines for CF.

 

Over the past several years, the LCS Cobra raffle has allowed donations of $1,228,000 to CF. 

The winner of the London Cobra Shows raffle car was Mrs. Jackie S., of Montgomery, OH. Jackie took delivery of her Cobra on Sunday, July 9th. She said that she had purchased a single ticket, with never a thought that she might win, just thinking she was helping a worthwhile charity.

Thanks to the following supporters: