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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Host Annual Fundraiser, Great Strides

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(Fredericksburg, VA) The mission of national organization, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF.

The Virginia Chapter of CFF is headquartered in Richmond, VA with an additional office in Hampton Roads. Numerous fundraisers are held annually to support the mission of the foundation with the largest national (and local) fundraiser being Great Strides; each year more than 125,000 people participate in Great Strides which are walks held in more than 600 locations. Great Strides walks are open to the public and provide opportunity for supporters to come together in support of a worthy cause.

On April 18, Fredericksburg will host Great Strides at Hurkamp Park in Old Town Fredericksburg. The event will include a 2-mile walk, food, music, awards and kid's activities. In 2014 a record number of teams participated and over $68,000 was raised to support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Registration is free and can be done by visiting www.cff.org/greatstrides.

Great Strides continues to gain momentum, as do research efforts and progress made in the search for a cure.

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Pouches is ready to kayak on the beautiful Rappahannock River. She’s also ready to learn more about how she can protect the river’s health using the Friends of the Rappahannock new River Report Card, sponsored by a surprise grant from the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region (CFRRR).

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