Finding A Cure Through Research 3

Colorado’s Finest 2016

If you are looking to be inspired by one of Colorado’s finest, then look no further than Mainstreet and Twenty Mile Road, where Omar Castillo works diligently during the week. As a dedicated assistant vice president and banking center manager of Community Banks of Colorado, Castillo is no stranger to hard work and perseverance.  Not only does Castillo bring a diverse, professional background, he also has a kind and caring heart that brings so much to the Parker community. So it would come as no surprise that when nominated and selected to be one of Colorado’s Finest 2016 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that he would meet the challenge head on. He knew that he would be making a commitment to raise $5,000 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation realize its mission of controlling and curing cystic fibrosis. He knew that he would have to roll up his sleeves and determine the most efficient way to meet his fundraising goal. What Castillo did not know is that he would also meet one of the greatest 11-year old boys he has ever known–Grady MacDougal.

Grady MacDougal is a 6th grader at a local Parker middle school. He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in early 2015. Grady is one of four children in his active family. He is upbeat and has a zeal for life.  Grady loves basketball, playing any sport with his friends and having some down time with electronics and video games — all while taking approximately 30 pills and additional treatments each day to manage his symptoms. 
Grady’s mom says, “He is healthier now than he has ever been. All of the medicine is working!” 
As Castillo spent time with Grady’s family, he learned more about the disease and its effect on the lungs and digestive system. This devastating genetic disease affects many people; there are more than 10 million Americans who are symptomless carriers of the defective cystic fibrosis gene.

Castillo was inspired after having met Grady and armed with even more knowledge about the disease, he has continued his fundraising efforts.  To date, he not only met, but has exceeded his $5,000 goal. Recently, he raised the goal to $7,000 and will no doubt reach beyond that goal as well.  Later this month, Castillo will be recognized as an “outstanding young professional in the community” at a cystic fibrosis event and celebration.  He is truly one of Colorado’s finest! One in 21, in fact, to be receiving this prestigious Colorado honor and distinction. Castillo was equally honored to have met Grady MacDougal. Castillo and Grady — two guys unlikely to meet — except they certainly did meet. Two guys, one disease, one mission, one goal — finding a cure through lifesaving research. Truly inspiring!

To follow Castillo’s fundraising progress or if you are interested in donating, your gift will be used to help support cystic fibrosis research, medical and educational programs. Please visit to donate or to purchase tickets to Colorado’s Finest 2016. To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit CFF.org