5k Walk Will Raise Money For Cystic Fibrosis Research

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On Saturday, join walkers at Green Valley Park for a 5K walk to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.

Laura Bartlett said this is the first time a Great Strides event will be held in Payson.

The annual event has been held around the country for years, with eight other walks throughout Arizona. Bartlett hopes to see the walk become an annual event in Payson.

Payson’s Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis walk will be held at Green Valley Park on Saturday with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m.

Every year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation holds the largest national fund-raising event for cystic fibrosis research. In 2009, tens of thousands of walkers raised nearly $35 million to support cystic fibrosis programs.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States with 70,000 affected worldwide.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments means many people live into their mid-30s.

Unfortunately, about 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.

For more information about the walk or to register, visit www.cff.org/great_strides.

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