Making Great Strides

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter is organizing its annual Great Strides walk. This event is part of a national effort to fight cystic fibrosis, a rare, genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe and causes premature death. Walkers in Paducah will join thousands of Great Strides walks being held in 450 cities. 

The Paducah Great Strides walk will take place on Saturday, August 19. Registration begins at 9am at Noble Park – Shelter 8. Atmos Energy will once again corporate sponsor the event.

Dancing, walking & food

The day starts off with registration and a DJ playing music to get the crowd excited, dancing and ready for the walk. Ten minutes before the walk, there will be a brief presentation and some of the local families will speak about their personal journeys with CF. Atmos Energy will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs – a great treat for all those hungry walkers!

Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through clubs and organizations, or with friends and family. Walk day is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 5k walk, children's activities, food, and festivities that participants look forward to year after year.

A silent killer

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States alone. The disease is caused by a defective gene that makes the body produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene.  

Nationally, Great Strides aims to raise $41 million this year to help support important CF research, education and patient care. Funds raised through the annual Great Strides Walk events have helped spur dramatic progress in the fight against the disease. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, many people with CF are living into their 30s and 40s.

“Great Strides is critical to our lifesaving efforts and every walker who joins us helps make a difference in the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis,” said Beth Denham, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter. “While tremendous progress has been made in fighting this devastating disease, we have a long way to go. That’s why we are grateful for our volunteers and sponsors, who are a vital part of this effort.”

To get involved in Great Strides and help fight CF, please call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter at 502.454.8435 or visit

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to