Cystic Fibrosis Foundation plans Great Strides

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Central New York Chapter Great Strides walks. It’s part of a national walk that generates "critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education and care."

The 2012 goal of Great Strides, the largest CF fundraiser, is to raise nearly $40 million.

One of the walks is in:

Utica - Saturday, May 5th at Utica Zoo

To help fight CF, you can get involved in Great Strides by calling the Central New York Chapter at 463-7965 or by visiting There is no registration fee. Walkers that raise $100 or more will receive a Great Strides T shirt to wear on walk day. There are several other incentives for participants who reach higher fundraising levels.

Funds raised through Great Strides have helped "spur dramatic progress" in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis, chapter officials said. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

"We still lose precious young lives to this disease every day. It’s more important than ever that we raise every dollar we can to fight CF," said Executive Director Karen Ferguson of the CF Foundation’s Central New York Chapter. "We’re grateful for every volunteer, donor and corporate sponsor who supports Great Strides."

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that afflicts 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.

The CF Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. Foundation officials said nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised going to investments in vital CF research, care and education programs.

For more information about cystic fibrosis, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Great Strides and day of event volunteer opportunities, contact Ferguson, at 463-7965 or email her at

To register your business or team for the walk, call 463-7965 or visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Website at: