The Greater Illinois Chapter hosted a Great Strides walk on April 22 as part of a national effort to fight cystic fibrosis, a rare, genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe and causes premature death. Nearly 200 people gathered on the Northern Illinois University campus to celebrate and honor their loved ones with cystic fibrosis.
“Great Strides is critical to our lifesaving efforts and every walker who joins us helps make a difference in the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis,” Amber Murphy, walk chairwoman and team leader of Evie’s Echoes, said in a news release. “While tremendous progress has been made in fighting this devastating disease, we have a long way to go. That’s why we are grateful for our volunteers and sponsors, who are a vital part of this effort.”
With the efforts of walk participants, this year more than $20,000 was raised to help support CF research, education and patient care. Funds raised through the annual event have helped spur dramatic progress in the fight against the disease. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, many people with CF are living into their 30s and 40s.
To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Great Strides, call the Greater Illinois Chapter at 312-236-4491 or visit www.cff.org/Chicago.