The 2018 Paducah Great Strides walk is happening on Saturday, May 12 at Noble Park, Shelter #8. The 2018 walk marks the 30th anniversary of Great Strides. Since the program began in 1988, it has raised more than $600 million to help drive advances in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research and care.

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Check-in begins at 1:00pm and the walk will begin at 2:00pm. This is a fun event and walkers are encouraged to bring family members. You can walk with a stroller or your children. A local adult with CF will give a brief talk about the disease prior to the event.

Volunteers from Atmos Energy will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for all participants to enjoy after walking. The funds raised will help dramatically improve outcomes for people with CF. This year, the CF Foundation hopes to raise millions nationwide - all to help support the development of new therapies and, ultimately, help find a cure for all people with CF.

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“Every walker who joins us makes a difference in the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis,” said Beth Denham, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter. “When we first began, children with CF typically did not live long enough to attend elementary school.”

“Today, people in our community are living long enough to achieve milestones like graduating high school and getting married. We have made tremendous progress, but too many people are still losing their fight with CF too soon. We still have a long way to go until we reach our goal of a cure for everyone with this terrible disease.”

Register now to stride

To get involved in Great Strides and help fight CF, please call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter at 502.454.8435 or visit fightcf.cff.org. You can also visit us on social media channels at #GreatStrides, #WhyIStride4CF or facebook.com/cffkywvchapter.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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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. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization and an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, please go to CFF.org.