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Walk to eradicate CF

Maddy Downing
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In December 2001, my granddaughter Madison was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is a genetic disease that affects 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. A defective gene causes their bodies to produce abnormally thick sticky mucus. This abnormal mucus leads to chronic and life threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. Currently there is no cure for CF.

On Saturday, May 18, at William Land Park in Sacramento, my family and I will be walking in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundations “Great Strides Walk-A-Thon.” This 6.2-mile walk is the foundation’s annual fund-raising event. Money raised will help fund research efforts and bring us closer to finding a cure for this devastating disease.

Although researchers have made great strides in medical research and gene therapy, the average life expectancy for those with CF is 31 years. Those of us that are 31 years or older know that this is not long enough to enjoy life and live it to its fullest.

We would be honored if you would consider making a donation to help my granddaughter Maddy and others who have CF. Checks can be made out to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and mailed to me at 212 Bennett St. and we will bring all donations with us the day of the walk on May 18.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. I thank you in advance for your generous contribution to this cause.

Nancy Downing

Grass Valley

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