Those in the Coastal Bend whose lives are affected by the disease, have a simple request this weekend: Lace up. Walk. Cure Cystic Fibrosis.
CF affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that not only clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, but also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments mean that many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. However, the daily lives of people with CF are complicated with frequent lung infections and problems from the poor ability of the body to digest food. The extensive daily treatments and frequent hospitalizations make life very difficult.
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event. Each year, hundreds of walks across the country raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. Still, the lives of people with this disease are cut far too short. That is why the organization needs continued support in fulfilling its mission of finding a cure and improving the quality of life of those with the disease.
In the Coastal Bend, the 10th Great Strides Walk of Corpus Christi is happening Saturday, February 10th at the Cole Park Amphitheater (2600 Ocean Drive).
Registration begins at 3:00 PM and the 5K Walk will begin at 4:00 PM.
To sign-up or just to learn more, visit www.cff.org/GreatStrides.
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