|Cystic Fibrosis Foundations kicks off Great Strides walk in Lima|
|Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 AM|
LIMA — The Central Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced recently the launch of Great Strides, a national walk event held in hundreds of cities that generates critical funds to fight cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease.
In Lima, a walk will be held on Sept. 7 at Allen County Farm Park. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. with the walk starting at 2 p.m.
Funds raised through Great Strides have helped spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
The 2013 goal of Great Strides is to raise nearly $42 million nationwide for CF research, education and care.
“We still lose precious young lives to this disease every day. It’s more important than ever that we raise every dollar we can to fight CF,” said Cris Ramsey, volunteer chair for the CF Foundation’s Lima Great Strides walk. “We’re grateful for every volunteer, donor and corporate sponsor who supports Great Strides.”
Local sponsors of Great Strides include St. Rita’s and Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio.
To help fight CF, get involved in Great Strides by calling the Central Ohio Chapter at 614-846-2440 or by visiting greatstrides.cff.org.