Cole is Anne Croteau- Lee and Eric Croteau’s son, and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic and chronic disease of the lungs and other organs, at the age of three.
After Cole was diagnosed with CF, he was dropped several times from his insurance company because of the high price of his medical treatments. This caused a financial hardship for his family. The first 2 years of the run the funds were used to help Cole with medical and hospital bills. But on September 28, 2014, Cole made his last visit to the hospital, as his fight with this incurable disease was over. But his faith in Jesus, his love for his friends and family and his hope in helping make a difference was not going to be forgotten.
HOW SOLES FOR COLE BEGAN
This amazing crusade was created by Christian Cullen and an amazing army of students (with servant’s hearts) from East Coweta High School in Newnan, Ga. They gathered in 2013 to organize “Soles for Cole”, a 5K run for Cole Croteau, one of their fellow ECHS Indians. Please see more information about CF at cff.org.
After Cole passed, the Soles for Cole Team wanted to continue his legacy and fulfill his dream of helping find a cure. Through the help of Hope Global Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit and a Jesus filled leader in our community, our first goal is to raise money for research; to give hope to these sweet babies. Some of the proceeds are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (cff.org), to help support research to better understand and find a cure for this fatal disease.
When Cole was diagnosed with CF, even after receiving this news, we were so blessed to have such an abundance of support in the Coweta County area. Partnering with Hope Global, has opened the doors, and our hearts to stand alongside this organization and hand-in-hand give back to our deeply rooted community.
Soles for Cole has established a memorial scholarship called The Cole Croteau Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, given out for the past 6 years, is in remembrance of our beloved friend, Cole. It is awarded to students with a “Servant’s Heart”, as well as a good standing academically in their respected school. This award is given throughout the Coweta County High Schools as these kids see firsthand, what Cole’s vision was: to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, serve others and love like Jesus.