The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation “Walk-a-thon”, Great Strides, took place at the Westfield Valencia Town Center this past weekend.
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest and most successful national fundraising event.
Local businesses, scholarship programs and volunteer groups from all around the Santa Clarita Valley were there to show their support including Teens on a Mission, CF Care Forward, Gymboree and Tiffy Lee Cakes. Food was provided by the local BJ’s as well as Chipotle.
A performance by Fredo and the Counterfeits kept the event upbeat, as well as an inspirational speech by Kristina de Bree, a thriving young adult with Cystic Fibrosis.
There were many teams that participated to raise funds to invest in vital CF programs to support research, care and education. Some of the teams included Heather’s Hands, Team Jacob, Team Katie Bug and Team Jace.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines cystic fibrosis as a disease passed down through genetics that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States.
Millions of Americans carry the defective CF gene, but do not have any symptoms. That’s because a person with CF must inherit two defective CF genes — one from each parent.
Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. However, at this point in time, there is no way to prevent cystic fibrosis and we continue to lose precious lives to CF every day.
That’s why your help is needed now more than ever to ensure that a cure is found sooner — rather than later. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org.