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Annual Great Strides walk to benefit cystic fibrosis

May 6, 2019

HUNTINGTON — The Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host a Great Strides walk as part of the largest national event to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis, a rare genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe and ultimately causes premature death.

The Ashland/Huntington walk will take place on Sunday, May 19 at Ritter Park, Shelter No. 2.

“Together with our community we are transforming cystic fibrosis from a deadly childhood disease to the best story in medicine,” said Beth Denham, Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter. “When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was first founded, children with CF typically did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are achieving milestones like going to college and starting families of their own. We are making incredible progress, but we can’t do it alone. We invite everyone in Tr-State Community to help us make ‘CF’ stand for ‘Cure Found.’”

In 2018, the Foundation spent an estimated $188 million to uncover new treatments for CF and to support the delivery of high-quality, specialized care for people with the disease— the most in the organization’s history. This year, the Foundation hopes to raise $37 million through Great Strides to help its mission to find a cure and empower all people with CF to live full, productive lives.

“We are making incredible progress, but we can’t do it alone.”

Beth Denham

Executive director, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, KY/WV Chapter

WHAT: The Ashland/Huntington Great Strides

WHEN: Sunday, May 19

WHERE: Ritter Park, Shelter #2 in Huntington.

CHECK IN TIME: 2 pm and the walk will begin at 3 pm.

REGISTER: To get involved in Great Strides and help fight CF, please call Ruth Hans-Owen at the Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter by phone at 502-963-0732 via email at rhans@cff.org, or visit http://fightcf.cff.org.