The first Great Strides Walk for cystic fibrosis in North Platte will be Saturday, Aug. 24, at Cody Park with registration beginning at 10 a.m.
“We are really looking forward to the first-ever walk in North Platte,” said Jennifer Curtis, local volunteer and chairwoman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk in North Platte.
Great Strides is a national walk event that takes place in hundreds of cities across the country. The walks help raise money to fight the fatal genetic disease.
Curtis became involved in the fight against cystic fibrosis after a friend died from the disease in 2012 at age 23.
“In his last update on Facebook, he said he wanted more people to know what cystic fibrosis is,” Curtis said
Anthony Hornelas died on June 18, 2012.
“I am amazed and grateful to everyone who has supported this inaugural event in an effort to remember Anthony,” Curtis said.
Money raised through Great Strides events over the years has helped encourage dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis.
Great Strides' national goal this year is to raise about $42 million for research, education and care.
“Our goal here in North Platte is $10,000,” Curtis said.
Cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes debilitating lung infections that often lead to early death. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live to attend elementary school. Today people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
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