The Charlotte Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the “Great Strides Franklin” walk on Friday at 6 p.m. Great Strides will be part of a national effort that generates critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education and care. Great Strides Franklin marks the Foundation’s third fundraising walk in Western North Carolina, with additional walk sites in Asheville and Brevard. With the new walk, the Foundation will work in partnership with local families and businesses to raise funds for the cause. Franklin based TekTone® Sound & Signal is leading the charge as the walk’s first sponsor.
The walk is scheduled for Friday, May 4, at the Big Bear Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. It promises to be a fun, family-friendly afternoon of celebrating funds raised to help in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
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.
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 can lead to premature death. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.