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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation plans fundraising walk in Ogdensburg

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The Central New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced the launch of Great Strides, a national walk that generates critical funds for life-saving cystic fibrosis research, education and care. The 2014 goal of Great Strides, the largest CF fundraiser, is to raise nearly $40 million.

In honor of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month, walks are scheduled to take place.

May 10 - Ogdensburg: Dobisky Center 10a.m. check-in.

May 17 - Oswego: Oswego Speedway 10a.m. check-in.

May 27 - Watertown: Sackets Harbor Visitors’ Center10a.m. check- in.

Funds raised through Great Strides have helped spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

“We still lose precious young lives to this disease every day. It’s more important than ever that we raise every dollar we can to fight CF,” said Nancy Rudiger, a Great Strides Volnteer. “We’re grateful for every volunteer, donor and corporate sponsor who supports Great Strides.”

Local sponsors of Great Strides include Pepsi Beverage Company and Haun Welding Supply.

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that afflicts 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.

The CF Foundation has earned a four-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

To help fight CF, get involved in Great Strides by calling the Central NY Chapter office at 463-7965 or by visiting http://greatstrides.cff.org.

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