Jon and Pam Baker’s lives were changed forever in 2002 when both of their sons were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF affects a relatively small patient pool and does not attract the research and pharma dollars of other diseases. Jon knew he had to dedicate himself to battling this disease, not only for his own sons, but for the thousands of other families affected. After learning about how the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation brings the medical and research communities together to find new, innovative treatments to control and ultimately cure CF, Jon and Pam created their own fundraising arm, the Baker Boys Battalion, to benefit the CF Foundation and bridge the funding gaps for CF research.
Jon’s leadership as event organizer and fundraiser has benefitted the CF Foundation tremendously. After years of fundraising, his fine-tuned strategies have been adopted by CF chapters nationwide. To date, Jon and his supporters have raised more than $4 million dollars for CF research and drug development. The payoffs from the fundraising has been noteworthy; it provided seed money for breakthrough medical research in 2015. Jonathan currently serves as the Georgia Chapter Board Chair, where he has been credited with outstanding net revenue growth, for bringing new Board members to the organization and for being an inspiring, impactful leader.