Cystic fibrosis walk returns to Greensburg _lowres

 

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Louisiana Chapter’s Great Strides, a national walk held in hundreds of cities, will return to Greensburg on Sept. 26.

The event will feature the first Great Strides Greensburg Jambalaya Cook-Off.

Tens of thousands of walkers participate in Great Strides events around the country each year, generating critical funds to fight cystic fibrosis, an inherited fatal disease, a news release said.

In Greensburg, the walk will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Greensburg Forest Festival Grounds.

The 1-mile walk and a 5K run will take place at the Greensburg Forest Festival Grounds. The festival grounds are between La. 37 and La. 43, three blocks south of La. 10.

Registration for the cook-off costs $35, and proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more details on the Jambalaya Cook-off, visit http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/jambalayacookoff.

The event will also feature music and raffles.

Local sponsors of Great Strides Greensburg include Community Baptist Church and Montpelier Baptist Church.

“Great Strides is crucial to our lifesaving efforts, and every walker who joins us makes a difference for people with cystic fibrosis,” said Laura Webb, volunteer chairwoman for the CF Foundation’s Louisiana Chapter.

“My husband, along with his brother and sister, live every day with cystic fibrosis,” Webb said. “Putting together this walk is part of our effort to make the letters C F stand for cure found.”

Funds raised through Great Strides have helped spur progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis, the news release said.

Fifty years ago, most children with cystic fibrosis did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with cystic fibrosis are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

The 2015 goal for Great Strides is to raise $43 million nationwide to help support for cystic fibrosis research, education and care as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission to find a cure.

An estimated 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide have cystic fibrosis. It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death.

More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of a defective cystic fibrosis gene, according to the news release.

Learn more about cystic fibrosis and Greats Strides Greensburg and get involved by calling the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Louisiana Chapter at (504) 455-5194 or by visiting http://greatstrides.cff.org.