BANGOR- The rainy weather didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering in the Queen City this morning to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
It many not be visible on the outside, but over 30,000 people with Cystic Fibrosis face challenges every day.
“CF is a genetic disease that affects your digestive system and also your lungs. It makes it hard to breathe,” said Karla Wheaton, Development Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
People of all ages with this genetic disorder need to undergo therapy every day and take many medications, but with more and more funding, the medical assistance and life expectancy has greatly increased.
“In the 1950’s when the foundation started, the life expectancy was only elementary school age. And now people we see are living into their 30’s, 40’s, and beyond. So in not that long we have been able to come a long way because of the research, because of the money we’ve raised at events like this,” said Wheaton.
Despite the rainy weather, this years walk raised over $18,000, and has doubled in size since last year. Participants ranged from friends and family members of people affected by CF, to adults and young children battling the disease.
“We walked around, and we circled around a mountain,” said Hazel Leclerc, a young girl battling Cystic Fibrosis.
But these kids aren’t letting Cystic Fibrosis get in the way of living a happy life.
“I do baseball and Edgar does baseball and karate,” said Leclerc.
But as thankful as the foundation is for the large donation, the families affected by CF are just as thankful that awareness has made it’s way to Bangor.
“We really appreciate the CF foundation bringing it here to Bangor. This is, again, the second year, they’re going to be doing it again next year. And we hope that we have more media coverage, we also hope that we will have more people that will participate, as well as donate. So that way we can help find a cure so that little children and adults won’t have to suffer all their lives with this devastating disease,” said Dawn Lewis, a participant in the walk.
To learn more about the disease or to make a donation, click HERE.