The Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently announced it will host a Great Strides walk 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.
Walkers in the Greater New Bedford Area will join 250,000 people across the country in Great Strides walks being held in 450 cities.
“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,” said Barbara Soares and Kayleigh Rock Beauregard, Volunteers for the New Bedford area Walk for the Massachusetts-RI Chapter in a press 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.”
The South Coast Walk is taking place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 at Fort Rodman/Taber, with a 10 a.m. check-in.
In 2018, Great Strides aims to raise $40 million nationwide to help support important 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 40s.
Walk events are scheduled and taking place throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island with 17 walk locations to participate in.
To get involved in Great Strides and help fight CF, call the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter at 508-655-6000 or visit http://fightcf.cff.org.