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Girl, 5, puts face to cystic fibrosis fundraiser

| Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

A 5-year-old girl with a love of the Wiggles and Barney will put a face to cystic fibrosis at a Sunday fundraiser at Dormont Pool.

Sadie Terrick, of Fox Chapel, was barely a week old when she was diagnosed with the disease, a hereditary lung condition that often kills its victims before they're 30. She wears a vest twice a day that clears her lungs, but that doesn't keep her from dancing and swinging on monkey bars.

Brian Supler, of Washington, named one of Pittsburgh's 50 most eligible men and women by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, organized the fundraiser.

"She got to me," he said.

Sadie takes five enzyme pills before eating or drinking, in addition to daily doses of Singulair, Zantac and special vitamins. Her grandmother wrote in an e-mail to Supler that "Sadie starts kindergarten in a few weeks and looks forward to riding the bus and eating lunch at school."

Supler said he was inspired to philanthropy by his grandmother, who "gave to everyone she could think of without anything in her pockets." He moved back to Washington 10 months ago after a decade in New York City because he wanted a change and hopes to one day run or start his own foundation.

Only 150 tickets are available for Sunday's 21-and-older event, which will feature music by D.J. Edgar Um and D.J. J. Malls. The tickets are $20 and are being sold at the Dormont Pool and Empire Music in Mt. Lebanon.

The party starts at 6 p.m., and Supler hopes people come dressed in "fun summer gear like Joan Jett or your favorite superhero," he said.

Food and drinks have been donated by Budweiser, Diamond Vodka and the Pipa Restaurant Group. Supler said swimming won't be allowed because alcohol will be served, but the atmosphere and lighting, donated by Ads Lighting and Staging, should make the pool a fun environment.

Dormont Mayor Thomas Lloyd also named Sunday as Cystic Fibrosis Day in honor of Sadie. He will present her with a proclamation Sunday night.

Additional Information:

Be there to help

What: Cystic fibrosis fundraiser pool party, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of 5-year-old Sadie Terrick

When: 6-10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dormont Pool, Banksville Road

Admission: $20 a ticket, available at Dormont Pool and Empire Music in Mt. Lebanon. Food and drinks included.

Details: Call Brian Supler at 724-288-3986

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